Like many others, my introduction to the outdoors was through the Scout movement. In my teens, I graduated to racing kayaks both at home and abroad. After university, I moved to Scotland and taught Outdoor Education in both schools and outdoor centres. Returning to England I ran a business designing, manufacturing and selling open canoes before becoming an academic working in education, environmental studies, sports science, and sports coaching studies.
Place to play
Open canoeing in the Menai Straits in North Wales. West coast of Scotland for sea kayaking and watching otters.
Not a lot of people know this
I spent 6 months solo sea kayaking around the Solomon Islands in the South Pacific.