Intrepid explorer to inspire delegates at business convention
SHE has ridden 3,000 miles on horseback across South America, set a record- breaking solo transatlantic voyage in a 17ft boat, completed 27 marathons in 27 days and run through war-torn areas of Kosovo, Albania and Montenegro.
Now, the grandmother who ran around the world to raise awareness of prostate cancer after it claimed the life of her husband, is heading to Bridlington.
Rosie Swale Pope MBE has been unveiled as the latest speaker at the Yorkshire International Business Convention (YIBC) 2013.
The intrepid adventurer will be sharing her life experiences and inspiring delegates when she joins other speakers at the event at The Spa Bridlington on June 7.
Paul Sewell, YIBC 2013 master of ceremonies, said: "To look at what Rosie has achieved, through grit and determination, is inspiring. It's staggering.
"I am certain she will be an excellent addition to the YIBC line-up.
"Alongside political heavyweights and business leaders, we have always looked to bring people who have demonstrated triumph over adve- rsity to the YIBC, and there can be no one who typifies this any more than Rosie."
As well as travelling to some of the world's most hostile environments, Rosie has also completed jungle explorations by boat and horseback, run more than 1,000 miles across Icelandic lava fields and has twice completed a 150-mile race across the Sahara Desert.
Mr Sewell said: "Rosie has gone from committed enthusiast to global explorer.
"The challenges she has completed go beyond the need for exceptional physical stamina – her determination must be second-to-none.
"I have no doubt she will be interesting and engaging for the delegates."
Since it was founded 18 years ago, the YIBC has brought together the biggest names from the world of business, sport and politics onto one stage.
Past speakers have included former US president Bill Clinton, social rights activist Desmond Tutu, George Bush Snr, astronaut Neil Armstrong and rock star-turned- campaigner Bob Geldof.
This year Rosie will be joining former Foreign Secretary David Miliband, ex-CEO of Tesco Sir Terry Leahy, TV professor Brian Cox and six-time Paralympic gold medallist David Weir.
Sir Terry will share the lessons he gained from transforming Tesco into a supermarket giant, while Professor Cox, who was also a chart-topper with 1990s band D:ream, is expected to chart his meteoric rise which has established him as the BBC's most high-profile scientist.
David Weir MBE, who won four gold medals at London 2012, will also take to the stage. He led the field in the 800m, 1,500m, 5,000m and the marathon.
Mr Sewell said: "I am hugely excited about this year's event. It will be fantastic for Hull and East Yorkshire and the line-up is already fantastic."