The Stretch lecture this week was given by self-confessed ‘serial adventurer’ James Ketchell. On 1st February 2014, James became the first and only person to have rowed across the Atlantic Ocean, successfully reached the summit of Mount Everest and cycled 18,000 miles around the world.
James began the talk by outlining how he had sustained bad injuries in a motorcycle racing accident, which inspired him to reach for his first challenge of single-handedly rowing across the Atlantic. The audience was then captivated by stories and videos of breath-taking and death-defying mountainous paths en route to Everest’s summit. James touched briefly on his world cycle expedition, highlighting throughout his talk the importance of understanding any challenge as a series of smaller bite-size challenges to be tackled step by step.
Plenty of insightful questions followed, the final one, of interest to most of the teenage audience “Do you have a girlfriend?”
James Ketchell with sixth form students