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Dec 5, 2017

Rowan, the Caribbean Adventurist

News Five has been happy to tag along with nineteen-year-old Rowan Garel over the years on his many adventures. From climbing Victoria Peak to diving the Blue Hole to walking across Belize, absolutely nothing has stopped the visually impaired college student from achieving his dreams. And that is why he was named 2017’s Caribbean Ambassador of Adventure with nearly two thousand votes on the Caribbean Tourism Organization’s website. His story has been told and has won two awards on this station.  But as he would be first to remind us, it’s all about the service of fellow blind children sponsored by the Belize Council for the Visually Impaired. Tonight, we take a look back at his adventures and we’ll have more on his latest feat when he returns to Belize on Friday. Aaron Humes reports.


Rowan Garel

Rowan Garel [File: May 23rd, 2013]

“My motivation is not, “Oh you’re Rowan, you climbed Victoria Peak, you walked across Belize.” I’m not interested in that. What I’m interested in is raising funds and awareness for the only program in Belize that deals with blind or visually impaired people and they have a rehab program which is completely free of cost. Take that away and all the blind people, like myself, will just be behind with everything, there would be no one there to help them along and that is what motivates me.”


Aaron Humes. Reporting

That special simplicity is what separates the intrepid Rowan Garel from his peers under consideration for the Caribbean Tourism Organization’s Caribbean Adventure Ambassador for 2017. While Rowan’s current challenge is conquering Drew University in New Jersey, he offered this comparison of his achievements in 2013.


Rowan Garel [File: July 29th, 2013]

“I do think this will be the least strenuous because you’re just swimming through the water at neutral buoyancy so it’s very easy and with the Victoria Peak or the Walk [Across Belize] it is very strenuous and very demanding.”


His exploits are featured in an award-winning book, “Walk Climb Dive: The Adventures of Rowan Garel,” which is enjoying worldwide approval. Chalk up another success for the teenager, and we are sure there is more to come. Aaron Humes reporting for News Five.


The other contestants were Jeremie Tronet, a kite surfer from Saint Vincent and the Grenadines; Jake Kelsick, a professional kite boarder from Antigua and Barbuda; Courtenay Rooks an Eco-adventure tourism and media expert from Trinidad and Tobago, and Mario Rigby a fitness instructor and explorer from Turks and Caicos Island. Rowan’s name was submitted to the Caribbean Tourism Organization by the Belize Tourism Board.

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