#Adventure Series No.10

#Adventure Series No.10

Welcome to the grand finale of the #AdventureSeries! Introducing Paralympian Anne Wafula Strike Introducing Anne Wafula Strike; MBE, athlete, author, mother, and sporting ambassador. She is an ordinary and yet an extraordinary woman with a powerful story. Anne was given the middle name of Olympia at birth, a title of great significance for the future and the hurdles she would face in forthcoming years. Born in Kenya, Anne was a fit and healthy child before polio struck when she was two years old. This occurrence was to shape Anne’s destiny. She exceeded all educational expectations and despite her physical challenges, achieved a bachelor or education degree, and later became a teacher. Anne arrived in the UK with her Geordie born husband Norman. She unexpectedly became a mother, despite being led to believe that pregnancy would be a medical impossibility. Anne was introduced to wheelchair racing in 2002. 2004 marked the beginning of an Olympic career when Anne became the first wheelchair racer from (Sub-Sahara) Africa to compete at the Paralympics in Athens. In 2006 Anne became a British citizen and joined Team GB. In 2007 she was officially recognised by the Queen at a Buckingham Palace reception for her services to disability sport and her contribution to charity work. Her autobiography In my Dreams I Dance was published in 2010. She was appointed  an MBE in 2014 for services to disability sport and charity. Last year, Anne used her personal experiences of inaccessible disabled toilet facilities on public transport to raise awareness of the challenges that wheelchair users can experience. Anne is the founder and manager of the Olympia-Wafula foundation which helps...
#AdventureSeries No. 9

#AdventureSeries No. 9

Welcome to the #AdventureSeries No. 9 with Squash Falconer.   Introducing Squash Falconer, athlete, adventurer, speaker and presenter. “From a young age I was leaping from trees and swinging out of the barn on the farm I was brought up on. Fear didn’t make an appearance in my life until I was three year old when I was attached by a cockerel and I’ve been scared of birds ever since.That aside, I‘ve found my own wings with paragliding and I’ve always had an insatiable spirit for adventure.   For many years my plan was simple, I was going to be a farmer and leave school when I was 16. Perfect! Things don’t always work out as you think they might though. At 12 one of my teachers suggested that if I applied myself, I had more potential academically than I realised, so I did and I did! I completed my GCES’s, A-levels & Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and embracing my love for sport and the outdoors set off into the unknown.   At 18 I found myself deep in the heart of the French Alps. Every morning I saw Mt Blanc out of my bedroom window and I had no clue that this mountain would come to represent the beginning of one of my greatest passions – big mountain climbing!”   Squash has spent her whole life seeking out adventure. Her adventures have taken her all over the world including the top of Mount Everest!  Photos from top left Bath with a view at Via Ferratta, Trent College speech day, View from above, So much snow – Tignes, Concentration...
#Adventure Series No. 8

#Adventure Series No. 8

Welcome to the #AdventureSeries No. 8 with John Mew.   Introducing John Mew; father of 3, rugby coach, devoted husband, athlete, survivor, public speaker and so much more. John describes his wonderful wife Christine Mew as his ‘rock’. He joined the Royal Navy in 1974 and served his country for 11 years. He was a physical training instructor, ships diver and a member of the Portsmouth Command Crew that ran at Earls Court. John describes one of his defining moments on the bridge of the HMS Coventry, during the Falklands war, when she was bombed. The ship capsized within 20 minutes. After leaving the navy, John became a commercial diver. This role took him to exotic and faraway lands including the Middle East and West Africa. Photos from top left Portsmouth field Gun crew marching through Portsmouth with trophies won through breaking world records, John ready for a commercial dive, John relaxing, debating at the Great Veteran debate, John during a recent training session, a younger John in training   When John ended his diving career in 2005, the absence of a work role contributed to his difficulties with anxiety and depression unfolding. John described ending up in a ‘big black hole’. During this time, he believes that his whole family suffered. He was eventually diagnosed with PTSD and began to receive help to overcome his trauma. The help that has significantly aided John’s recovery came some time later in the form of a Veteran charity called Forward Assist who supported John with their innovative approach and access to  life coaching through Adventurous Coaching. Both interventions embrace a solution...
Happiness in 2018

Happiness in 2018

It is my belief that there is never a bad time to ask yourself ‘what does happiness mean to me and what will help me have more happy moments in my life?’ This curious question offers a chance to focus life’s lenses and then to become attracted to those things that make you smile, add more and create joy in your life. One response to the question of what does happiness mean to you, in a coaching session gave an interesting response. ‘Happiness sits on the periphery of your vision. It’s not tangible or easy to grasp and when you try to connect with it… puff it’s gone’. Whilst to me this view felt defeatist and fear fuelled, it helped me to clarify my feelings on this subject. The feisty character within me wanted to respond with…by boldly choosing to grab happiness by the horns, look it in eyes and demand its presence in my life every day. I was recently inspired by the author Elizabeth Gilbert. In her book Big Magic she describes ‘entering into a contract with creativity’. I decided that I wanted to create a relationship with happiness. I decided to give my full attention to discovering the mindset that I would need to adopt, the activities that I need to get involved in and the moments to cherish in order to nurture the presence of happiness. This has helped my happiness have the confidence to shine even in the face of worry, doubt, and fatigue. Since making this decision, happiness and I have began to collaborate, we co-created a plan and shook hands on it!...
#Adventure Series No. 7

#Adventure Series No. 7

Welcome to the #AdventureSeries No. 7 with Kate Mackay. Introducing Kate,  a Certified Professional and Performance Coach based in the North of England. An NHS Management Consultant and a guest lecturer in the Faculty of Health Studies at the University of Bradford, in her twenty-year career she has trained more than a thousand health professionals from across the UK. She is the author of www.mummysnowboarder.com, the only UK blog to focus on snowboarding for women and families. Kate rode a camel in the Sahara, an elephant in Rajasthan and a horse in The Rockies before she ever rode a snowboard. She has been riding for more than 15 years in France, Switzerland, Italy, Austria and Andora. Kate recently completed her first book, Take It All On Board www.takeitallonboard.com combining her passion for snowboarding with her coaching and change management skills to help the reader achieve their goals. She exhibited at the national Ski and Snowboard Show in London in October as a pre-launch for her book. Kate lives with her husband, Gordon, her pre-teen daughter, an aged cat and her beloved, shaggy-haired dog. When not, walking on the deserted, quiet, sandy beaches she enjoys coffee and cocktails with friends and fantasises about long lie-ins. Most days she sits at her computer watching the sea whilst working, but occasionally dreams of the mountains and riding that perfect turn.     Photos from top left Mint Girls camp – Damian McArthur and MINT snowboarding, Aosta Valley off piste, St Anton Valley, above the clouds – view from cable car in Aosta, Aosta Valley view, exhibiting at the national Ski and snowboard show...