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Sarah Outen Back to Stamford, via the World

Sarah Outen lectureOn Friday 11th November, Sarah Outen MBE (OS 03) visited Stamford Endowed Schools as part of the latest talk in this year’s Foundation Lecture series. The lecture -the second in the Autumn term- depicted Sarah’s four and a half year adventure around the world; ‘Longdon2London: Via the World’. Her goal: to row, bike and kayak around the northern hemisphere.

Sarah, a former Stamford High School student, described her expedition on Friday evening as ‘a journey of contrasts, of diversity’, detailing the presence of humility in the face and strength of nature. Sarah’s lecture particularly focused on how she prepared herself mentally for the emotional strain that came during her journey. Additionally she encouraged students in the audience to never give up in the face of adversity and spoke of the power and value of learning that comes from failure.

Sarah, who read Biology at Oxford University, also detailed her trip as a real connection to the world, weaving through environmental themes as she encountered different climates and wildlife, and the effects of human engagement on the environment.

Her final message to the audience was a call for them to continue to challenge and empower themselves by trying things seemingly out of reach. The younger audience of the lecture were encouraged to stay curious. Sarah credited her time at Stamford for her self-belief and journey after School, bringing her Junior School beret with her on the evening, and summarising with her fond memories and connection to Stamford.

Rachael Petrie, Director of Communications and Development at SES said, “Sarah is an inspiration to all and we are always delighted to welcome her back to School.  She is a wonderful role model and has a huge following within our Schools’ communities. It was a great evening.”