Louise is a journalist, broadcaster, podcaster and writer.
She presented BBC Breakfast for 20 years and before that was a news anchor on the BBC News Channel and the BBC’s One O’clock News. She has also presented The One Show, Five Live Drive, Real Rescues and Missing Live and has been a contestant on I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here, Time Crashers and Celebrity MasterChef.
Her first book, Dare to Tri, charted her journey from the Breakfast sofa to representing the Great Britain Triathlon team in her age-group at World and European Championships.
Her second book Fearless, Adventures with Extraordinary Women was published by Bloomsbury on 25th May 2023.
It reflect her passion for celebrating women’s success. In each chapter Louise takes on a different challenge with a courageous woman, to get to know them and tell their incredible stories.
About the book: Fearless, Adventures with Extraordinary Women
JOIN LOUISE MINCHIN ON 17 EXHILARATING ADVENTURES WITH TRAILBLAZING WOMEN WHO ARE BREAKING DOWN BARRIERS, SMASHING RECORDS AND CHALLENGING STEREOTYPES.
'To get to the heart of who these women are… I decided to do it the way that I know best, by taking part, spending time right beside them to experience the things they love.'
Driven to bring more attention to female stories of courage and endeavour, Louise Minchin pushes herself to the extreme and embarks on thrilling endurance adventures with trailblazing women.
She freedives under the ice in the dark in Finland with Cath, the first woman to swim a mile in the Antarctic Circle; she cycles across Argentina with Mimi, one of the world's most famous female endurance runners; and she swims from Alcatraz with Anaya and Mitali, two young sisters who have braved the shark-infested waters over 70 times.
With her natural empathy and sense of humour, Louise forms close bonds with 18 incredible women. She explores what drives them and how they find the resilience and determination to go on despite life's setbacks. Lizzie overcame a life-threatening illness and now paddleboards whilst cleaning up the planet with her community; Rhian set up a charity in the face of grief and fundraises through hikes; and Zee took up rugby alongside her busy nursing career and motherhood.
Louise reminds us of the bravery inside us all, and how essential it is to celebrate women's achievements. Prepare to be touched and inspired by these fearless women.
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Who is Louise?
Why you might know who Louise is (if you live in the UK)
Taking up sport at 45
Calling herself an endurance athlete
Her early years and passion for sports
Being a water baby and why swimming was her thing
Stopping swimming at 15
Doing a Christmas Challenge in the velodrome for BBC Breakfast in 2012
Having 1 hour of training before race night
Buying herself a road bike with drop handle bars
All the gear….
Making mistakes on the bike
Being encouraged by a friend to try a triathlon
Being a goal driven person and why having a goal helps with training
Advice for taking your first step
Telling other people and feeling a sense of accountability/responsibility to achieve goals
Being willing to say yes to new challenges
Being pushed out of her comfort zones at work
Fears and concerns before her first triathlon
Her attitude of - lets give it a go
Not worrying about negative outcomes or failure
Having a life changing moment when her daughter was born
Thinking she might die and how the experience changed her
Having a more positive attitude to life
Feeling so lucky to do what she does
Her love for cycling and spending time on the bike (both indoors and outdoors)
Becoming a Team Great Britain (GB) Triathlete
Representing her country at triathlon at the World and European Championships at Olympic distance.
Feeling extra pressure when competing in the UK
Training for a triathlon and fitting it around her work and job
Waking up at 3.40am every day to host the breakfast show
Chapter 14 - Kit list - What to take and why to take it.
Loving stories about adventure
Why do we never hear about women doing these adventures and challenges?
Making changes at the BBC around equal pay and being allowed to say hello first
Wanting to drive change, by going and doing it
Doing 17 different adventures with fearless women
Needing to amplify women’s voices
Needing different heroes
Trying to get Fearless on the TV
Do you know who Mimi Anderson is?
Do you know who Cath Pendleton is?
Free diving under the ice in Finland with Cath
How hard could that be?
Why being fearful and having fear is a good thing
Deciding to cycle across Argentina with Mimi Anderson
Feeling the fear and wanting to stop
Listening to her gut
Doing running with Susie Chan
Being part of a wonderful sisterhood of amazing women
Running the London Marathon with her daughter
Fitting in training while travelling for the book tour
How menopause has impacted on exercise and taking HRT
How to connect with Louise on the socials
Final words of advice for women who want to be fearless and embrace new adventures
Words from Belinda Kirk
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