4 Time World Ironman Champion comes to University

4 Time Ironman Champion

On Monday 20th April, 4 time World  Ironman Champion, Chrissie Wellington, spoke at the University as the finale event of the new Emerging Leaders programme.

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Over 250 people attended the event and Chrissie held the audiences attention with stories including her first triathlon ending with her being rescued as she sunk in an oversized wetsuit. Her time living in Nepal and biking everyday which she believes built up her endurance, she even rode a bike to Everest base camp! Chrissie also spoke about her hugely successful professional career which culminated in an amazing record of 13 Ironmans and 13 wins, and even had time to give out some training and race tips!

The audience was captivated by Chrissies journey, determination and love for the sport. When talking about her coaching she discussed the different leadership styles of her various coaches and cemented what the students have learnt in the Emerging Leaders programme; it is essential to adapt your approaches to develop successful individuals and teams. As part of the programme students have reflected on their leadership skills and enhanced these through learning in a practical environment.

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It was an honour to have Chrissie at the University and her final message to the audience was clear, find what your passion is, be determined and life is limitless.

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Students at the University of Leeds can enhance their graduate employability with our Emerging Leaders programme. Find out more online here.