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Karen Darke

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Overview

Inspirational athlete tackling new adventures after being paralysed.
Inspirational is a word used many times when people talk about Karen. Paralysed in a climbing accident at 21 years old Karen has proved time and again that life is a case of mind over matter. Once a keen runner and climber Karen has discovered many new ways to explore the outdoors and push the limits of what is possible. Her achievements have included:

Karen sums up her attitude best:
“Someone once said to me, ‘Disability is a state of mind not a state of body.’ That’s a notion that relates to us all, regardless of whether we have a physical disability or not. Our own mind is our biggest obstacle to living and achieving our wildest aspirations. What is life if it isn’t an adventure?”
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Achievements

  • Achieving a silver medal in the womens H1-2time trial in cycling at the London 2012 Paralympic games.
  • Crossing the Tien Shan and Karakoram mountains on a hand bike
  • Undertaking a ground-breaking 600km traverse of the Greenland ice cap
  • Hand cycling the length of the Japanese archipelago
  • Sea kayaking 1200 miles of the Canadian coast
  • Spending 5 days kayaking in treacherous Patagonian waters for the BBC
  • Crossing the Indian Himalaya by hand cycle
 

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