PART 2: GATHER 2013 – CELEBRATING AUTHENTICITY AND SUCCESS

May 17, 2013

Click here for PART 1: GATHER 2013 – CELEBRATING AUTHENTICITY AND SUCCESS

The second speaker was Karen Darke, a published author and 2012 paralympian silver medalist  Karen’s talk was heartfelt, emotional and incredibly inspiring. If you need motivation, then Karen is your woman!

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Karen Darke, Silver Medalist

Karen had a serious mountain climbing accident which left her paralysed from her chest down. Since then, Karen has undertaken some enormous challenges that most of us in the room would never consider doing in our lifetime. Just a few of the tremendous journeys that Karen undertook were hand-biking over the Himalayas from Kyrgyzstan to Pakistan, kayaking the inside passage to Alaska and sit-skiing the 600km across Greenland to become the first person in a wheel chair to complete this journey. And, if that wasn’t inspirational enough Karen then decided that her next challenge would be to compete at the London 2012 Games.

Karen sit-skiing across the ice cap.

Karen sit-skiing across the ice cap.

Karen explained how many things can stand in our way of achieving success, and creates ‘those mountains in our minds’. For Karen, it was her self-doubt but then she realised she had to adapt to change. Karen’s positive attitude to life shone through, especially when she described her WIBA’s. Her personal acronym for, “wouldn’t it be amazing..?” Whatever your WIBA is, helping ourselves and others towards our WIBAs, no matter how simple or small they might be allows us to go on a journey and become our own hero. It’s better to try and fail than never try.

Darke crossing the Olympic Road Race finishing line hand in hand with team mate Morris

Darke crossing the Olympic Road Race finishing line hand in hand with team mate Morris

Karen finished her speech with this inspirational quote:

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