World champ offers World Challenge tips

World champ offers World Challenge tips

Teachers preparing for global expeditions had the chance to pit their fitness against one of the world’s foremost winter sports athletes, Lizzy Yarnold.

The current Olympic, World and European champion in skeleton sled racing attended the World Challenge’s Expedition Preparation Conference, held at Buckinghamshire New University last month.

Lizzy attending the World Challenge's Expedition Preparation Conference

Lizzy attending the World Challenge’s Expedition Preparation Conference

After speaking at the conference, which aims to help prepare teachers running expeditions this summer, the ambassador for World Challenge put a few teachers through their paces in a bleep test — running sprints against the clock.

“Testing your fitness is so important if you’re looking to improve your stamina, particularly ahead of a tough World Challenge expedition,” said Ms Yarnold. “It was great fun to test the teachers who are preparing to take their students on what will be a trip of a lifetime.”

In the past Ms Yarnold has completed an expedition herself by travelling along the Central American Maya Route in 2006 with Maidstone Grammar School for Girls.

Main pic: Lizzy Yarnold (centre) with teachers at the World Challenge’s Expedition Preparation Conference.