FROM DREAMS TO REALITY – TO THE SUMMIT OF EVEREST AND BACK

We were honored by the presence of Ms. Jayanthi Kuru-Utumpala and Mr. Johann Peries at our university as invited speakers on the 30th of September 2016. Their keynote was titled “From Dreams to Reality – to the Summit of Everest and Back” in which they shared their experiences of summiting Mt. Everest, narrating the meticulous preparations made prior to the journey, the cyclic climbing route required to follow to the summit in order to acclimatize one’s body, the many challenges and hardships faced with regard to the arduous terrain, the minus zero weather and very basic sanitary facilities and shelter, reflecting on the deeper life-lessons learnt of pursuing one’s dreams, the importance of ‘travelling partnerships’, the role of ‘mind over matter’ or believing in oneself to overcome obstacles, and the need to reassess one’s goals in the face of life-changing circumstances.

The event was organized jointly by the Sports Council and the Coordinating Centre for Students with Disabilities.

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