Port Regis was delighted to welcome Debra Searle MVO MBE to speak and present the prizes at the school’s annual Speech Day in July. Debra is a professional adventurer and motivational speaker. She hit the headlines when she set out to row across the Atlantic with her husband but was forced to continue alone when disaster struck. Despite being a novice rower she made it, rowing 3,000 miles from Tenerife to Barbados, battling 30-foot waves, sharks and force 8 squalls. She has also launched five companies, won World Championship medals for Great Britain, presented over 40 programmes for the BBC, had two books published, become the youngest ever trustee of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and is the founder of the Business Network Forum. A truly inspirational woman, Debra encouraged Port Regis pupils and their parents to ‘choose the right attitude’. With the right mindset, she says, we can all transform our work and personal lives and ‘kick the “can’t” out of life’.
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