Kelda Wood has battled against the odds after a horse-riding accident, embracing a new sport – para-canoeing, and establishing Climbing Out, a charity to help disabled youngsters achieve high.
From a very young age competing in the Olympics was all she thought about. However, an accident causing Kelda and her horse to be hit by a lorry left her with injuries that threatened her dreams of competing.
After recovering Kelda got back on the horse, riding and training a number of winners when she sustained another injury that would change her life and result in her being unable to compete. After 10 years of feeling as though she had failed, Kelda decided to climb Mount Kilimanjaro and it was on this expedition that things began to change. When she returned home she decided to retrain as an outdoor instructor and set up Climbing Out. Climbing runs 5-day outdoor activity programmes aimed at rebuilding confidence and self-esteem in young people who have been through life-changing injury or illness.
Then in 2013, she was given the opportunity to attend a talent ID day for GB Paracanoe. 6 months later she was selected for the podium potential programme, and 12 months later she was selected for the GB squad with the Rio Paralympics our prime target. In 2016 she went to the World Championships and finished 10th, her eyes were set firmly on Rio. But it wasn’t to be, and Kelda lost to the current World Champion. Following this Kelda went on to climb the 7 highest summits in the 7 continents, plus completing the North and South Pole.
She believes in believing in your journey and that the things that happen to us are all part of our path, she is passionate about helping young people follow their journey as Climbing Out continues to grow and grow.
I’ve worked with Kelda on more than one occasion – her energy, enthusiasm and passion is infectious, and it’s impossible not to be carried along by her amazing, inspirational stories of triumph in the face of adversity – she is a lesson to us all, that amazing things can be achieved by people who refuse to accept ‘no’ as an answer
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