Adventurer Sarah Outen takes on a whole new challenge with a tour of Inspire+ schools

Sarah Outen at National Junior School, Grantham
Sarah Outen at National Junior School, Grantham
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Having just completed the 25,000-mile adventure of ‘London2London: Via the World’, adventurer and Inspire+ ambassador Sarah Outen MBE has now begun a mini Inspire+ ‘adventure’.

It involves visiting all Inspire+ member schools within seven days to lead an assembly, telling stories to the children of her adventures and all of the challenges she has had to face.

Sarah’s London2London adventure saw her bike, kayak and row around the globe over four-and-a-half-years. She has some key messages for young people such as not giving up and if you want to do something just do it, plus advice on how to deal with nerves and overcome challenges.

While Sarah was completing her adventure, schools partnered with sports charity Inspire+ benefitted from live satellite calls and were able to follow her on a live tracker while working through a scheme of work linking the journey to various subject areas within the curriculum.

Pupils also got to take part in Sarah’s adventure challenge as part of the charity’s ‘Legacy Challenge’.

Following Sarah’s recent assembly at Allington with Sedgebrook Primary School, headteacher Leanne Barr said: “The excitement was mounting as the children of Allington with Sedgebrook Primary awaited the arrival of the amazing explorer Sarah Outen. She was spotted before even reaching the building by eager children chanting her name from the playground.

“Sarah’s assembly was nothing short of inspirational. Children from four to 11 sat, transfixed, as they listened to her adventures and watched clips showing the highs and lows of her brave and exciting journey across the world. We have kept track of Sarah’s progress constantly but seeing her in the flesh brought her achievements to life.

“Sarah has inspired our children in many ways but perhaps the most poignant thing she said was demonstrated clearly by one of our younger children at gym club that same day, when they said ‘I’m nervous about the competition coming up but, as Sarah said, it’s OK, you can still do it’.

“Sarah had a fantastic, sunny way of presenting and our children loved the experience. Thank you to Sarah and the brilliant team at Inspire+.”

Sarah is very proud to be an Inspire+ ambassador and has really valued the support from Inspire+ and its schools. She said: “The schools’ engagement through Inspire + has been one of greatest prides with my ‘London2London:Via the World’ journey. Out in the tent in the North American winter or through storms on the ocean, the support and contact with schools was motivating and inspiring for me - I gained a lot of good energy from those calls and video links.

“It is wonderful to be touring the schools in the Inspire + partnership now and sharing tales from the expedition, encouraging youngsters to dream big, take risks and persevere. I am really proud of my ambassador role for Inspire+.”