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Women in Adventure Sport

Qualification Level - 1 day | Prices from £50.00

Women in Adventure Sport Conference

Supporting and enabling female participants, coaches and leaders – A sharing of experiences, knowledge and ideas.

The aim of the conference is to bring together like minded people (women and men) from the world of Adventure Sport, who are interested in exploring women’s participation, with a view to supporting and developing more women participants, coaches and leaders.

Now in its 4th year, the conference is open to all genders to attend.  This year the conference explores mind-set & self-belief.

The conference deliverers and facilitators will be women who have proven leadership, coaching and/or research experience in the subject area, and are of course passionate about supporting and inspiring others. All sessions will be run in an interactive way with time created to allow group discussions, social chat and through that individual support.

2018 Guest Speakers

Lynn Robinson, President BMC

The full line-up includes Lynn Robinson, the recently elected President of the BMC. As the first female to hold this position, her unique volunteering journey includes; being President of her university mountaineering club; rock climbing guidebook work; national work with the BMC Women’s Development Group. She will talk about her experiences and challenges that she has faced throughout her journey.

Deb Pinniger, Two times World Freestyle Champion

Deb Pinniger is an accomplished white water kayaker and educator. For fifteen years she competed internationally in freestyle kayaking and is a former World, European and British freestyle champion. Deb has spent twenty years sharing her knowledge and skills with others, leading and participating in white water expeditions around the world

Arran High School Students

An inspirational group of female pupils from Arran High School, along with the Deputy Head, Suzie Dick, will be along to tell us how they personally set up outdoor education in their school and what they did to achieve this.

Hetty Key, Women in Adventure

Women in Adventure is an independent research-based project focused on empowering women through the sharing of information, inspiration and advice. Hetty will be sharing some of their findings.

Lou Reynolds, Mountaineering Instructor

Lou gained the Mountaineering Instructor Certificate at the young age of 23 and is currently working towards the final modules of the BASI Alpine ISIA qualification. She will share with us how self-belief has impacted upon her journey to enable her to teach and guide in the mountains of Scotland and the Alps.

Justine Allen, University of Stirling

Justine is Programme Director for MSc/PGDip Performance Coaching programmes, University of Stirling (including British Canoeing Coaching Diploma (UKCC Level 4)) . Justine holds a PhD in Sport Psychology. Justine is also a Scottish Hockey Coach Educator and Talent Development Coach.

Nancy Chambers, MIC, BCU Level 5

Nancy holds a range of outdoor qualifications and is one of the few women to hold both an MIC and BCU Level 5 award in addition to other awards. She was for many years the only female permanent member of instructional staff at Glenmore Lodge.  She is currently working part time for Cairngorm National Park and still works in a freelance role for Glenmore Lodge and other Outdoor Activity Providers.


Student Discount

We are offering students a 50% discount on the cost of attending this conference.  To secure this discount, call the office to book 0n 01479 861 256.



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Dates & Prices

Cost (with accommodation): £75.00
Cost (no accommodation): £50.00

Is It For Me?

This conference is relevant for all participants, coaches and leaders who are interested in supporting and enabling female participation in adventure sport.





Course Content

Time Session Presenter
0900 Conference Welcome, Ethos & the Journey so far… Nancy Chambers
0920 ‘This Girl Can’ – is it all about our mind-set & self-belief?              Exploring growth mind-set & self –efficacy. Dr Justine Allen
1030 Coffee
1100 Stories from the real world No. 1:

How does my mind-set and self belief impact on what I do…

Lou Reynolds

(MIC, Mountaineer & Skier)

1130 Stories from the real world No. 2:

How does my mind-set and self belief impact on what I do…

Deb Pinniger

(Coach, Expedition Paddler & former World Freestyle Champion)

1200 Stories from the real world No. 3:

Break out group facilitated discussion to further share experiences of above



1230 Lunch
1330 There’s some great stuff happening out there…

Introduction to some success stories of supporting Women in Adventure Sport

1340 Success Story 1: (10 mins of ‘what they did & how) Suzie Dick & Arran High School Pupils
1355 Success Story 2: (10 mins of ‘what they did & how) Hetty Key


1410 Success Story 3: (10 mins of ‘what they did & how) Lynn Robinson

BMC President

1430 Coffee
1445 Round robin visiting each of the following for presentation/chat on the key things that enabled & led to success in what they did.

20 mins

Success Story 1 Presenters SD + Pupils


No. 2

20 mins

Success Story 2 Presenter Hetty Key
No. 3

20 mins

Success Story 3 Presenter Lynn Robinson


No. 4

20 mins

Morning Mind-set & self-belief presenters Justine Allen, Lou Reynolds, Deb Pinneger
1630 Conference Close – tea & cakes Nancy Chambers

Course Pre-Requisites

The conference is for male and female coaches and leaders.




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