I’m an Ordnance Survey #GetOutside Champion!
I’m still in a state of shock! Every year Ordnance Survey nominates a selection of people to be #GetOutside Champions; ambassadors for the outdoors tasked with inspiring people to get out and have some fun. I applied last year, but when I saw the 2016 champions, it was obvious that I was out of my league. Similarly, this year I applied again, with little hope of getting any further. Among the 2016 champions are people who I look up to and I never thought for one second that I could ever be among them.
It just goes to show, you should never do yourself down, or think that you’re not good enough.
After reading the email from OS I was completely overwhelmed and quite emotional. I never thought for one second that it would happen. I’ll be glad to see the back of 2016, but my god, 2017 is looking pretty damn good!
I already had lots of ideas and plans to kickstart the new year, including the relaunch of my blog (what do you think?), a charity walking challenge and an adventure in Poland just for starters. But now there is so much more to get excited about.
After the initial shock died down, I was overcome with sudden doubt. This is massive. What if I’m not up to it? Being a #GetOutside champion is a big responsibility.
But rest assured, after a little pep talk to myself, I’m very much up to the challenge. Afterall, being an OS #GetOutside Champion is a natural continuation of what The Helpful Hiker is already doing. I’ve decided to just keep doing what I know and love.
There’ll still be plenty of accessible and affordable outdoor adventures that anyone can do. I have a few big ideas for this year, but in between there’ll be plenty of family strolls and mini adventures. I’m as focused as ever on inspiring people to explore their local area and find new places to enjoy the outdoors.
What are your outdoor plans for this year? I’d love to hear about the adventures you have lined up.