Aged 20, Bonita, who had never climbed a mountain before, announced to family and friends she was going to one day climb Mount Everest. Responses were as follows:
"Don't be stupid"
"It's hard to take you seriously because you always come up with weird ideas like this"
"This is ridiculous. You'll die"
"People like us don't climb Mount Everest!"
"If you get the sponsorship to climb Everest in this recession, I'll eat my hat"
"You're too old to start climbing, surely?"
Fast forward three years. Aged 23, Bonita Norris became the youngest person to have stood at both 'tops of the world', the summit of Mt Everest (2010) alongside her sherpa friend Lakpa, and at the geographic North Pole (2011)
Bonita has now completed five Himalayan expeditions and met the Queen at Buckingham Palace as a British adventurer. She now travels the world working as a TV presenter, and has worked with some of the world's most recognisable brands: Red Bull, Tag Heuer, Motorola and Nissan. She is also a brand ambassador for Karrimor alongside one of her sporting heroes James Cracknell.
Bonita's talk charts her rise from novice climber with a dream. She takes her audience on a journey, from the moment she makes her decision, to the toils of raising sponsorship and the intense training required for a Himalayan expedition. Finally she uses stunning photographs and tells her up close and personal anecdotes of what it's actually like to climb the world's highest mountain. Bonita's story is about taking on a big risk, of commitment, and of a personal struggle. The presentation is suitable for both corporate and school presentations.
Aged 23, she was the youngest person to have stood at both 'tops of the world', the summit of Mt Everest (2010) and the geographic North Pole (2011).
Chemmy is a 4 x Winter Olympian, a career high ranking of 8th in the World, 7 x British National Overall Champion and the only British female skier to ever win a run in a World Cup.
Engineering graduate, and award-winning investigative journalist Andy is an innovative Eco-Adventurer. His expeditions include driving a cooking oil powered bus round the world; a chocolate powered lorry to Timbuktu and organising the Grease to Greece rally. He talks about sustainability, challenges and teamwork.
The schoolboy who sailed round the world. At 16 Mike Perham battled with the elements and lived his dream to become the youngest round the world yachtsman and an inspiration to young people.
Ocean Rower and Environmental Campaigner who holds four World Records, including First Woman to Row Three Oceans: Atlantic, Pacific, Indian and was named National Geographic Adventurer of the Year 2010. Quite a departure from her original career as a management consultant!