Our Basingstoke Franchisee Chantal Dawson climbed Mount Snowdon and used her CHAMPS Academy Coaching tools to help her reach the top.

We asked her a few questions about it:

1: When was it?

Saturday 30th June 2018

2: How long did it take?

About 3 hours to the top and about 3 hours back down

3: Why was it (why did you do it)?

I went with my Husband and a few colleagues from his work. One of his colleagues arranged it as a bit of a team building exercise for the team.

4: How did you feel beforehand at the thought of it?

I felt a little nervous as I didn’t know much about Mount Snowdon, how long it will take, how fit I’d have to be etc. Even though I’m very active with a young family, I haven’t been exercising for the last few months so I was a little worried at the thought of climbing a mountain.

Before we started climbing, I was stood next to a group of people and I overheard one person telling their friends how they’re the most unfit, how they’ll be the slowest and how they’ll be rubbish at climbing to the top. This made me think of the tools we’re teaching young people and how, if you ‘label’ yourself, you’ll limit your own ability and self-belief and the belief that others have in you, before you even attempt something.

5: How did you feel afterwards?

I felt such a sense of achievement and I felt proud for having the self-belief and mental resilience to climb Mount Snowdon on such a hot day. Life is a little busy for me with a young family so I initially felt as though I went un-prepared (I didn’t train, I didn’t know much about Snowdon etc) but I managed to keep up with everyone, I completed it and I had fun.

6: What personal challenges did you overcome?

I guess the mental challenges of feeling unprepared, even doubting myself, my strength and my ability at one point. The day before, someone asked me how long I’d trained for and how fit I was to climb Snowdon and of course I wasn’t as fit as I could’ve been so that played on my mind a little.

7: Where there any specific CHAMPS Academy techniques you used (applied) on yourself?

I kept thinking of how I coach young people on their ‘mountain’ that they have to climb every day. I was climbing a real mountain and I knew I had to be in the right frame of mind to get me through climbing that mountain. I did a few belly-breaths in the morning before I started, I believed that I have the ability, I focussed on climbing the mountain one step at a time and I made sure that I enjoyed every moment.

“I kept thinking of how I coach young people on their ‘mountain’ that they have to climb every day. I was climbing a real mountain and I knew I had to be in the right frame of mind to get me through climbing that mountain..” Says Chantal