Kelly in her own words:
“I’m passionate about the outdoors, it’s a love started from childhood adventure, grew into teenage curiosity, and now is a form of adult stress relief. Fitness for leisure, health, and well-being is more important to me than the competition or the ability to perform well at any one thing. To be, on the go is something I do for me.
My former self trying to be better for my future self. Me vs Me.
I swim in the pool, lakes, and sea, I cycle with TWR, hike with Black Girls Hike and have only started running with Black Trail runners this year.
I try for fun and I try to give my best at each event. I am a beacon of light to get more people into multi-sport events because of representation in the recreational sports and fitness sector.
At school I loved geography, physics, and mathematics. I started working in construction at 14, now having 10 years experience I left my last job as an assistant site manager. I have matured into an enthusiast for the built environment. An inquisitive mind towards, towards all things related to sustainable development.
My undergraduate degree is in Project Management for Construction, my masters in Flood Risk Assessment, Modelling and Engineering and I have full intention to do my PhD in Flood Risk Development and Sustainability.”
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Who is Kelly Smith
Being based in Brighton, UK
Why adventuring in the outdoors is her passion
Not sleeping well at the moment
Growing up in London and her early years
Moving to Brighton at 17 years old
Getting into the outdoors
The shift from childhood to adulthood
Being a weird kid
Her 16th birthday and walking in the rainforest
The last day of her A’levels
Missing the boldness of her youth
Finding the South Downs and falling in love with the outdoors
Being a planner
Getting into sports and fitness
Joining the cycling community and being encouraged to do a triathlon
Trying a tri
Why it’s about how she feels
Remembering back to her first triathlon
Being impacted by covid
How getting outdoors helped with her mental health
Working with Swim England as an Ambassador
Going after her Summer Mountain Leader Qualification
The challenge of getting the training days
The costs of travelling around the UK
Navigation skills and learning
The Kelly Smith Project - 3 Peaks - 3 Isles
Working in the construction industry for 10 years
Doing her Masters
Filming her documentary and the plan
Taking 3 weeks to film the project
Doing B roll in February and filming in April