Olympic Lecture Series

University of Leeds, venue TBC

'Overcoming challenge, embracing change and achieving the unachievable'

As part of the Celebrating the Games Olympic Lecture Series, Karen Darke, Paraplegic Adventurer and Hand-Cyclist, will be delivering a lecture on 'Overcoming challenge, embracing change and achieving the unachievable'

You can book your place on this free lecture by emailing celebratingthegames@leeds.ac.uk.

Confirmation of venue will be sent a few days before the event.

About the speaker

Karen Dare, a University of Leeds graduate, has a very personal and inspiring story which has resulted in her dedicating her life to becoming a Paralympic Athlete. After a devastating climbing accident at a young age Karen was told that she would never walk again, but this did not stop her. The adventurous character has completed numerous physically exhausting and life-threatening challenges including hand biking the length of Japan, sit-skiing across Greenland, Sea Kayaking in Paragonia and many more impressive achievements.

After watching the 2008 Paralympic Games on TV Karen has now dedicated her life to compete in the 2012 Olympic Games and is now a member of the British Hand Cycling team. In 2011 she qualified for London 2012 after winning double bronze at the World Championships. Alongside her cycling career Karen is also UK Paratriathlon Champion and aims to become the first paraplegic women to complete a full iron man.
More information about Karen Darke and her achievements on our alumni pages. http://www.karendarke.com/

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