James Ketchell came to visit BanburyAspirations Campus to give a motivational speech to the Year 12s, the Year 11s and the Year 9s. In 2014, James became the first and only person to have rowed across the Atlantic Ocean, summited Mount Everest and cycled 18,000 miles around the world. Prior to this, he had sustained broken legs and an ankle in a serious motorcycle accident which compromised his ability to continue with an active lifestyle.
Holly in Year 11 said “James’ speech was very inspiring. Sitting and listening to him talk about his experiences made you want to do them yourself. After his injuries, he wanted to show that no matter what has happened in your life you can still do the things you aspire to do and he did! I am going on the Peru trip this year and his message was very encouraging. As I am climbing up Machu Picchu I will not give up and I will use him as inspiration to get to the top.”
James is soon to embark on an expedition to fly around the world in a gyrocopter. The Year 10s at SSB are creating lessons for him to take to the schools he will visit on the way. Year 10 went with James to the VR suite and enjoyed the experience of being on top of the world on the summit of Everest.