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James Ketchell

Following a serious motorcycling accident that nearly lost him the use of his legs, James Ketchell became the first British person to row single-handed across the Atlantic and summit Everest. A hugely inspiring motivational speaker, James' key message is that we can all potentially set ourselves difficult goals and achieve them: the capability to succeed is within everyone.

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James Ketchell Biography

James Ketchellmotivational speaker and serial adventurer – has built his reputation on courage, determination and sheer grit.

In 2007 a serious motorcycle accident left him with broken legs, a severely broken and dislocated ankle, and a general medical consensus leading to advice that James should bid farewell to the physical activities that fulfilled him and made him who he was. Not willing to take the news lying down, James responded to the challenge in the only way that his determined personality would allow him to. He refused to believe that a walking impairment could stop him from leading the life he loved and set about preparing his body and his mind for physical tasks that even the fittest, able-bodied adventurer would hesitate to take on.

2010 was the year James rowed single-handedly across the Atlantic Ocean, and the following year he reached the summit of...

James Ketchellmotivational speaker and serial adventurer – has built his reputation on courage, determination and sheer grit.

In 2007 a serious motorcycle accident left him with broken legs, a severely broken and dislocated ankle, and a general medical consensus leading to advice that James should bid farewell to the physical activities that fulfilled him and made him who he was. Not willing to take the news lying down, James responded to the challenge in the only way that his determined personality would allow him to. He refused to believe that a walking impairment could stop him from leading the life he loved and set about preparing his body and his mind for physical tasks that even the fittest, able-bodied adventurer would hesitate to take on.

2010 was the year James rowed single-handedly across the Atlantic Ocean, and the following year he reached the summit of Mount Everest. In 2013, James embarked on an 18,000 mile unsupported global cycle, through 20 countries and cycling on average 100 miles a day.

The key message that James reveals from completing his “ultimate triathlon” is that everyone can set themselves difficult goals that seem out of reach, and achieve them: the capability to succeed is within each and every one of us.

James is deeply involved with schools and charitable organisations, where he provides motivation through speaking about his adventures, and relating his tale of overcoming seemingly insurmountable obstacles.

His messages are practical and instil the value of persistence; the importance of interim goals, breaking the task down into small, achievable steps; the required boost in self-belief, and the willingness of others to help if you reach out to ask.

James is also Scouting Ambassadors, where has been tasked with raising the profile of scouting in the UK, in order to encourage more adult volunteers to boost the movement.

James also supports the  ELIFAR Foundation, a charity which was set up with the aim of helping improve the quality of life of profoundly disabled children and young adults.

For further information or to book James Ketchell, call us on +44 (0)20 7607 7070 or email info@speakerscorner.co.uk

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Adventurer James Ketchell's Great Escape

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