Sowing the seeds for a lifetime of adventure


“The big thing that really transformed my life was when I was 16, I saw a poster on the wall at my school advertising a trip to China, which back then was super far and super exotic... The trip was incredible, it taught me a huge amount, and gave me a thirst for adventure and other cultures. So it was really life transforming”.

GB Paralympic cyclist and gold medal hopeful Karen Darke is not the only one of our ‘Folks We Love’ to be where she is now as a result of the adventures she had as a youngster.

For Karen, this was a life changing opportunity; it inspired her love of adventure, and sparked a perseverance and creativity that has driven her to overcome a climbing accident which left her paralysed from the chest down and achieve a silver medal in the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

In three days’ time, all eyes will turn to Brazil as the Olympic flame is lit for the first time in Rio de Janeiro. Here, the stories of hundreds of athletes from all over the world will echo these stories of childhood passions nurtured into adult dreams.

In its own words, the goal of the Olympic Movement is “to contribute to building a peaceful and better world by educating youth through sport practiced without discrimination of any kind and in the Olympic spirit, which requires mutual understanding with a spirit of friendship, solidarity and fair play.” Once again, the emphasis is on how we inspire young people to open their eyes to the world around them.

As families set off on holidays this month we urge parents to think about the opportunities they are giving their children to explore other cultures, to discover wildlife and nature, or to simply have an adventure. To sow the seeds for a lifetime of dreams – because who knows what these will grow into.

Photo credits: [Karen Darke]
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