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Dauntsey’s Pupils Challenged “Dare to Do” by Adventurer Sarah Outen


Photograph shows: Adventurer Sarah Outen meets Sixth Formers from Dauntsey’s prior to delivering her lecture “Dare to Do”.

The renowned adventurer Sarah Outen has delivered a challenging and inspiring lecture to Dauntsey’s pupils, ‘Dare to Do’, based on her new book about her expedition called ‘London2London: Via the World’. The talk was the latest in the School’s Mercers’ lecture series.

Before the lecture, Sarah was joined by a group of Sixth Formers who shared their experiences of adventure, from climbing Kilimanjaro to participating in the Devizes to Westminster canoe race, before asking questions ranging from how she motivated herself to how she coped with being alone during her expeditions. Other topics under discussion included the effects of climate change and the pupils’ plans for future adventures of their own. One of Sarah’s key messages was to never let being afraid of failure prevent you from giving things a go.

Sarah’s treated the packed audience to an engaging and entertaining account of her travels. Starting with her days at Oxford where she studied ‘Rowing with Biology’ to becoming the youngest person to row solo across the Indian Ocean, people were given an insight into the challenges she has faced throughout her life, notably the sudden death of her father, an event which she says changed her attitude and made her more determined to succeed.

Dauntsey’s Sixth Former Meirian Evans said:

“Through talking about being picked up in the middle of the Pacific by the coastguard after a hurricane, Sarah encouraged us to try again if things go wrong and to make the best of a bad situation. This was further evidenced through her decision to kayak along the Aleutian Island chain when her boat was forced to change destinations from Canada to Alaska.

“Sarah was inspirational when talking about how the failures of her journeys have only made them better, as being forced to make a new plan or to start all over again took her to places she never planned to visit and taught her much more about herself than she could have learned if everything had gone well.”

Sam Moore, Head of Adventure Education, Dauntsey’s added;

“Sarah really made the audience feel part of her adventures through her stories of recognising dreams and of taking advantage of failures, of finding oneself and of never giving up. She inspired many to imagine their own future journeys with her overwhelming message that we should never be afraid to ‘dare to do’.”

The Mercers’ Lectures are named in recognition of the links between Dauntsey’s and the Mercers’ Company, which go back to Mercer founder Alderman William Dauntesey, Master of the Worshipful Company of Mercers, who founded the School in West Lavington in 1542.

All lectures commence at 7.30pm and will be held in either the Memorial Hall or the new Pavilion; please check on the School website on the day of the event - www.dauntseys.org

Everyone is welcome to the Lectures and entry is free, but please reserve your seats online by completing our simple booking forms at:
http://www.dauntseys.org/school-calendar/mercers-lectures-2016---2017/mercers-lectures-online-bookings-2016
or by contacting the School on 01380 814500.

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Published: November 18 2016

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