Labelling Paula Reid a 'polar explorer and around the world sailor' is somewhat of a disservice. To accurately describe her in one summarisable sentence is almost impossible! Paula's 'Live life to the full' motto has enabled her to accomplish 117 (and counting) life-changing activities on her 'living life list' including: a 10 month voyage around the world (the wrong way!) by yacht (with no experience!); a six week trek to the South Pole (succumbing to excruciatingly painful 'polar thigh’ one week in); paddling 300 miles down the Mekong River (after purchasing a dug-out canoe from a bemused Cambodian tribe); kayaking the Thames and, cycling the length of the UK! Aside from her adventurous, and sometimes, life-threatening escapades, Paula's life mission is to empower others to push themselves to accomplish feats previously thought impossible, big or small. Paula will remind you to start taking advantage of every precious moment spent on earth!
‘Dream Big’! Two life-changing words which have taken Mel from multiple stroke sufferer to multiple world record holding wheelchair racer. And beyond!
Hospitalised for heart surgery following her third stroke, Mel passed the time mesmerised by the athletes competing in the 2008 Beijing Paralympics. Previously a competitive sports-woman, Mel was determined to maintain an active lifestyle and love of sport, undeterred by disability. She immersed herself in any disability sports she could find, ultimately making the decision to focus on wheelchair racing in 2010. 15 months later she found herself representing Great Britain in the London 2012 Paralympics, just the beginning of her life’s adventure!
In 2009, Nathan Millward hopped aboard a second-hand Australian Post bike called Dot, in Sydney, and rode 23,000 miles through 18 counties, arriving back in the UK nine months later. Travelling at an average speed of 36mph, and beleaguered by visa delays, suspicious locals, dwindling finances and an aging, often unwilling motor-cycle, Nathan's soul-searching adventure was far from a jolly bike ride through stunning, previously uncharted landscapes. In fact, the endeavour seemed to cause more problems than it solved. The solution? To continue on riding, until running out of road in Alaska.
The Adventure Travel Show
The lovely people at the Adventure Travel Show are offering Off the Ropes podcast listeners a 40% discount on tickets for their weekend of talks, seminars & workshops on all things adventure & travel to be held at London's Olympia 21-22nd January 2017.
Nathan Millward, as well as previous podcast guests: Sean Conway, Laura Bingham, Masha Gordon, Dave Cornthwaite and Natalia Cohen will be speaking, & we'll be there too, so be great to say hello!
Visit www.adventureshow.com to buy tickets & enter 'offtheropes' to claim your discount.
Liv Williams, adventurer, film-maker and author, joins Victoria on the Off the Ropes podcast to discuss her beautiful and thought-provoking new book, ‘Chasing the Elements’ which explores the mind-set, heart and soul of extreme sports people from the world of BMX, surfing, free-diving, skate-boarding, free-running and more!
This conversation is so much more than a book promotion! Liv radiates wisdom and compassion and will leave you wondering why you’re here and how your life can impact the world. Hear Liv describe her adventurous childhood, her struggles with choosing the right career path, how she coped with stress and fear whilst documentary making in Iraq and Nepal, and how her path led her to peeking into the minds of some of the world’s most inspiring extreme sports’ stars!
* Liv’s idyllic childhood in Wales.
* The quest of finding identity.
* Difficulty in choosing a career path.
* Liv’s passion for the outdoors.
* Documentary making in conflict zones.
* Why Liv doesn’t experience fear.
* The importance of embracing vulnerability.
* The benefits of connecting with nature.
* Why she wanted to delve into the ‘heart and soul’ of extreme sports.
* What commonality she identified in the athletes & performers she interviewed.
* How her experiences have changed her.