VIRTUAL GUEST LECTURE: Former Para-Athlete Kelda Wood

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Kelda Wood

10th December 2020, 6pm

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Join us on Thursday 10 December from 6:00pm for an exclusive virtual talk from former GB para-athlete Kelda Wood – a must-watch for those considering studying sport and exercise science with us.

Viewers will have the opportunity to hear Kelda share insight into the positive impact of exercise on mental and physical health, her incredible solo row across the Atlantic, and how the University of Lincoln helped her to achieve this feat of sporting excellence.

In 2018, Kelda previously worked with University of Lincoln sports scientists to develop cutting edge bio-mechanical technology to enable her to become the first adaptive female to row solo across the Atlantic.

During this collaboration, Kelda underwent a series of biomechanical assessments in the University’s Human Performance Centre’s leading-edge Motion Capture Lab. This facility was used to examine the extent to which Kelda was able to move her ankle while rowing and how the rest of her body compensated for the limited range of motion. Data collected by the University was used to inform the boat and footplate modifications that enabled Kelda to row unaided for more than 3,000 miles across the world’s second largest ocean!

Kelda Wood

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Kelda represented Great Britain in Paracanoe at the 2015 World Cup and the 2016 World Championships and recently became the first adaptive person to ever solo row any ocean after 76 days unsupported at sea!

Join us as we talk to her about the positive impact of exercise on both her mental and physical health; her incredible Atlantic row, and how the University’s Human Performance Centre played its part. Her story to date is a fascinating one and after what’s been a challenging year for us all, is sure to inspire each and every one of us.

Kelda started her sporting career playing netball at a national level as a teenager. Sport very quickly became the thing that defined who she was and the person she wanted to be. Her real passion lay with horses and her ultimate goal was to ride for her country and represent Great Britain at the Olympics. Unfortunately, after a serious leg injury in 2002, Kelda’s hopes of competing at an international level seemed to have disappeared.

In 2002 she decided to climb Kilimanjaro, and this proved to be the start of a new direction in life. She returned and began retraining as an outdoor instructor. As a result of the dramatic effect the outdoors had on her own mental and physical recovery, Kelda decided she wanted to help others facing similar challenges to herself, and this led her to set up the charity Climbing Out.

Climbing Out runs 5 day outdoor activity programmes aimed at rebuilding confidence and self-esteem in people facing life changing injury, illness or trauma. The charity has been running for 10 years and is now supporting a huge number of people facing mental and physical trauma.

On the 19th January 2017 she became the first recorded adaptive female to summit the mountain.

In summiting, Kelda found many of the answers she’d been searching for since her injury and this inspired her to attempt a solo row of the Atlantic. The whole aim of the row was to inspire and motivate others, so each day on the ocean she was rowing for a different young person who’d been through mental or physical trauma, sharing their individual stories online and through social media. Over 80 young people wrote and shared their stories through the Row to Raise campaign.

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