Everest adventurer meets Romsey pupils

Everest adventurer James Ketchell meets Romsey School pupils

James Ketchell (Centre) at The Romsey School with Year 10 pupils. Pic: Chris Moorhouse

Youngsters in Romsey got the chance to meet a real-life adventurer when James Ketchell visited The Romsey School to inspire pupils with tales of his Everest exploits.

James, from Hampshire, is a serial adventurer, motivational speaker and Scouting ambassador. He’s the only person in the world to have rowed across the Atlantic Ocean, successfully summited Mount Everest and cycled 18,000 miles around the world. He has battled through some of the toughest challenges’ nature can throw at him, including descending Everest while suffering from pneumonia and being caught in a violent storm in the middle of the ocean.

His talk at The Romsey School thrilled pupils with tales of his adventures, as well as important messages about how it’s possible to achieve the extraordinary.

James said:

We can all potentially set ourselves difficult goals and achieve them. The capability to succeed is within everyone and I’m passionate about spreading that message, particularly to young people. The pupils at The Romsey School all have an exciting future ahead of them and I hope my messages of self-belief, commitment and persistence inspire them in their own goals and challenges.

Archie Ralfs, one of the pupils attending the talk said that

This is the best talk we have ever had in school and because James was so enthusiastic about everything he has done he made me feel that I could do a lot more in the future than I ever thought I could. It was a real eye-opener!

James’ visit to the school was made possible through Barratt Homes’ community and educational outreach programme.

Community liaison manager Anthony Dimmick said:

We’re working with James on his exciting next adventure – details of which will be released next year – and we knew his talk would be so inspiring for young people. It was our pleasure to arrange his visit to The Romsey School and we hope his tales inspire them.