Inglis to speak at scout event



Renowned mountaineer and motivational speaker Mark Inglis is going back to his roots to speak to South Canterbury scouts and cubs later this month.

Mr Inglis, who was raised in Geraldine, was a scout in his youth and now, when not leading treks in Nepal or working with corporate clients around the world, he does charity work as Scouts New Zealand’s ambassador.

“Anything that puts some challenge into the lives of our youth has to be supported and Scouting is one of the best ways of doing that,” Mr Inglis said.

The June 22 evening will be open to adults and youth alike as a fundraiser for Pleasant Point Scout Group.

Mr Inglis is perhaps best known for climbing Everest in 2006, becoming the first double amputee to do so. Before that he won an Olympic silver medal for cycling at the Sydney Paralympics, and was an internationally recognised winemaker.

He lost his legs in 1982, aged 23, when working as a search and rescue mountaineer at Mt Cook. He and climbing partner Phil Doole became trapped in a blizzard near the summit for a fortnight. By the time a rescue was possible, both had severe frostbite, in Mr Inglis’ case resulting in amputation at the knee.

Since his Everest expedition, Mr Inglis has turned to corporate work for a living, helping companies manage change, challenge and motivation.

“About 20% of my work is with charities and youth groups around New Zealand.”

He is coming to South Canterbury at the invitation of Pleasant Point Scout Group.

“I heard Mark speak at a conference several years ago and he was excellent so when I realised he was Scouts New Zealand’s ambassador, I thought why not see if he’d come down to talk to us here in that capacity,” Andrew Swallow, a cub leader with the Pleasant Point group, said.

“We’ve kept the cost of the night to a minimum to make it as accessible as possible, in particular to cubs and scouts from across the region, who will get in free provided they turn up in uniform. For adults it’s just $5 and a gold coin for under 16s.”

Mr Inglis is expected to speak for about an hour, including some interactive sessions with the audience, followed by a question-and-answer session.

The talk

Mark Inglis will speak from 7pm at the Pleasant Point Primary School hall on Friday, June 22.

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