Julia Immonen is the Charity Founder and CEO of SPORT for FREEDOM. She is a sport and media personality campaigning to bring freedom from modern day slavery and human trafficking. The charity was born out of Julia’s record breaking achievement of rowing 3000 miles unaided across the Atlantic Ocean in just a 7 meter by 2 meter rowing boat from the Canaries to Barbados in 2011 and 2012. Voted 12th out of Zest Magazine’s Top 20 most Inspirational Women in Sport, Julia travels around the world championing Sport for Freedom and inspiring others to action. Julia is an inspirational, motivational speaker who has spoken at events held by GlaxoSmithKline, The Boodles, Mastercard, Alpha, Tour de France Fan Park and at the Council of Europe to name but a few. Julia has worked for Sky Sports News for the past 9 years and is a passionate Arsenal fan and keen surfer, skier and adventurer.
Julia's first book, a memoir written with Craig Borlase, Row For Freedom: Crossing an Ocean in Search of Hope, was published by Thomas Nelson in 2014.