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Paul Pritchard Speaking Tour
Paul Pritchard: Beyond ‘Doing it Scared’ | Australian Speaking Tour | June 2017
Paul Pritchard is an extraordinary man on an inspiring journey.
Paul is hitting the road to share his incredible story of climbing the Totem Pole 18 years after a catastrophic accident left him partially paralysed - as portrayed in the award-winning documentary, Doing It Scared, currently touring with the Banff Mountain Film Festival. This is a story about determination, acceptance, grace and ultimately, freedom.
“I’ve made my peace with fear. There’s no way of avoiding it, it’s reality, which means you have to befriend fear and do it scared,” says Paul.
Audiences will laugh and cry as Paul relives the tale of his crushing injury and ongoing recovery with both humility and humour. He describes his accident as ‘the best thing that ever happened to me’ and refers to his journey over the past 18 years as the longest expedition he’s ever been on.
“The accident taught me a lot about acceptance. Letting the future go without anticipation. With this acceptance comes the courage to navigate the necessary stumbling stones of life.” says Paul.
Paul’s story carries a secondary message, to prove that disabled people are certainly not unable. According to Paul, it’s society that is disabled around them.
Paul’s never-waning desire for adventure will awaken your soul, giving you the perspective to see life’s journey with renewed focus and passion.
Doors open 6:30pm. Presentation begins at 7pm.
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|Brisbane||Thurs 6 Jul||Book Tickets|
Tickets are $25 with all profits going to Paul’s upcoming Lowest to Highest Expedition, a world first expedition comprising of five people with significant disabilities riding human powered tricycles from Australia’s lowest point, Kati Thanda (Lake Eyre) to the highest point at the summit of Mount Kosciuszko (2228m).
Travel with Paul: This year, Paul is inviting you to join his walk along Tasmania’s wild coastline, on his annual pilgrimage to the Totem Pole. The 4 day adventure, ‘My Tasmania’ with Paul Pritchard, departs 9 November 2017. Find Out More
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Paul Pritchard was a cutting-edge rock climber and mountaineer hailing from the UK. His adventures took him from Wales to the Himalayas, the Karakoram to Patagonia, Baffin Island to the Pamirs. This all changed on Friday the 13th of February 1998 when a TV-sized boulder falling from 25 metres inflicted such terrible head injuries that doctors thought he might never walk or even speak again. Despite his ongoing recovery and coping with the effects of hemiplegia, Paul sees his accident as a gift. He has written several acclaimed books and continues to lead an adventurous life - climbing Kilimanjaro, caving, sea kayaking, river rafting and, in 2009, leading rock climbing again. Paul rode a recumbent trike through Tibet to Mount Everest and, in 2016 he finally climbed the Totem Pole, 18 years after his accident.