The Press and Journal (Inverness, Highlands, and Islands)

Ad­ven­turer in­spires High­land young­sters

- BY SUSY MA­CAULAY Sports · Bicycle Racing · Bicycles · Outdoor Hobbies · Hobbies · United Kingdom · Inverness · Antigua and Barbuda · Mount Everest

UK Scout­ing am­bas­sador James Ketchell vis­ited In­ver­ness yes­ter­day to talk about his in­cred­i­ble life as a world ad­ven­turer.

Ketchell said he had been a shy, un­con­fi­dent teenager, but ev­ery­thing changed after he suf­fered se­ri­ous in­juries in a mo­tor­cy­cle ac­ci­dent.

He has gone on to be­come the only per­son to have com­pleted the Ul­ti­mate Triathlon, row­ing across the At­lantic from La Gomera to An­tigua in 110 days, climb­ing Mount Ever­est and cy­cling 18,000 miles around the world.

H e s e t a n o t h e r record ear­lier this year, cir­cum­nav­i­gat­ing the world in an open cock­pit gy­ro­copter, cov­er­ing 23,000 miles in just 175 days.

For his next project he plans to sail round the world.

He said: “I truly be­lieve that ev­ery young per­son has the abil­ity to be who­ever they want to be and that the ca­pa­bil­ity to suc­ceed lies within ev­ery­one.”

 ??  ?? James Ketchell dur­ing one of his es­capades
James Ketchell dur­ing one of his es­capades

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