A FORMER councillor aims to become a record breaker by rowing across the Atlantic Ocean.
Mother of four Diane Park, 44, who represented the Liberal Democrats for Elland on Calderdale Council, will be rowing with three other women in a 3,000-mile race.
Her crewmates will be skipper Sally Kettle, 27, from Northampton, Ali Boreham, 34, of Norwich and Claire Mills, 22, from Dunstable.
The race will start from the Canary Islands on November 27 next year and will end at Antigua in the West Indies.
Diane, of Sowerby Bridge, and her fellow rowers aim to beat the race record of 36 days and 59 minutes. This is currently held by a men's team.
They also want to become the first four-woman team to complete the race. It will involve rowing 100 miles a day.
Diane, who is a public sector accounts manager for the international office equipment company Office Depot, said: "It will be like two marathons a day. But we have stamina.
" I will have to get used to water though, as I've only ever rowed in the sea once at Torbay!"
As well as training, the four women need to raise sponsorship to buy a boat for their Atlantic challenge.
They would also like to affiliate themselves with a charity, to give publicity and raise funds for a good cause.
Diane was talked into the challenge by Sally Kettle, who crossed the 3,326 miles with her mother in January last year. She was raising money for Fund for Epilepsy, which was the Mayor's charity in Calderdale last year.
Diane said: "I am in Elland Rotary Club and we also supported the charity. My brother Marcus died of epilepsy two years ago so I paid attention to the charity event.
"I got to know Sally and she asked me to do this."
Diane took up rowing two years after being encouraged by her gym trainer.
She discovered a flair for indoor rowing and her first competition was at the British Indoor Rowing Championships in 2002.
She entered again last year and came fourth. This year she came in second. The championships were at Birmingham's National Indoor Arena last month.
The competition attracted 2,500 competitors, including professional rowers, who use it as part of their training. The rowers race to complete a distance of 2,500m in the quickest time.
Diane, who competed in the Women's Heavyweight 40-44 race, got a time of 7 minutes and 38.3 seconds.
She said: "It was fantastic. The adrenalin was massive. I had trained really hard."
The transatlantic race is being run by ocean rowing organisation Woodvale Events Ltd.
Anyone who would like to support the team can contact Diane on 01422 370975.