The Man

James Ketchell is a serial adventurer, motivational speaker and Scouting ambassador.  

In 2007, James was recovering from a serious motorcycle accident that left him with broken legs and a severely broken and dislocated ankle. The prognosis was that he was likely to suffer a permanent walking impairment and would certainly not be able to continue the active physical lifestyle he had enjoyed up to that point. 

The Challenge

James decided to respond to this challenge in the only way he knew how, and with dogged determination, set about physical tasks that most of us can only imagine experiencing. 

In 2010, James rowed single-handed across the Atlantic Ocean. 

In 2011, he reached the summit of Mount Everest. 

In 2013, James embarked on an 18,000 mile unsupported global cycle, through 20 countries and cycling on average 100 miles a day.

The key message that James reveals from completing this “ultimate triathlon” is that we can all potentially set ourselves difficult goals and achieve them: the capability to succeed is within everyone.

Working for Others 

James is now extending his involvement with schools and other organisations through a planned programme of motivational talks and interactive engagements. His practical and pragmatic lessons include the importance of interim goals, breaking the task down into small, achievable steps, each one of which increases the commitment to the overall goal; the need for self-belief; the willingness of others to help if only you dare to ask and finally, the value of persistence. 

James is also one of Hampshire’s Scouting Ambassadors, the role of whom is to raise the profile of scouting in a positive manner.  There are 22,000 scouts in Hampshire with a further 5,000 waiting to become scouts, subject to more volunteers becoming available.

James is supporting and raising awareness for a wonderful children’s charity The ELIFAR Foundation, which aims to help improve the quality of life mainly of profoundly disabled children and young adults

You can follow James via this website or on Twitter: @captainketch