Rebels Chatting… Lesley McKenna is a three-time Olympic snowboarder and a backcountry ski and snowboarding guide.
We chatted about Lesley’s polymathic journey and her aims of increasing connection to self, others and nature with the wandering workshops she set up with co-founder, Hannah Bailey, an outdoor sports photographer.
Lesley grew up in Aviemore to ski instructing parents. Unsurprisingly, this led to Lesley spending five years as a pro-skier working her way to the Olympics. Lesley then decided to be less Olympic focussed and swopped over to the flamboyant sport of Snowboarding.
Thinking she’d side-stepped the Olympics, Snowboarding became an Olympic sport and once again Lesley found herself being an Olympic contender.
Lesley advises people who’re intending to take the path least travelled to stay curious, be opportunity focussed and open to learning about yourself and the hard lessons one invariable encounters along the way.
Lesley talks about the collaboration, planning and resilience required to achieve happiness when you’re are tackling challenges and the ways her journey has unfolded, which includes studying for a PhD in Ethics in High Performance Sports.
Wandering Workshops is a grassroots community interest company and is on a mission to make the outdoor and action sports space accessible to more people. They provide a safe space for under-represented groups to join in. They also believe the outdoors is for everyone, and that we all have the right to enjoy the wellbeing it offers.