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An impressive line-up of Speakers has been announced for the 2018 Women in Adventure Sport conference, being hosted by Glenmore Lodge on 27th October.

The aim of the conference is  to bring together like minded people (women and men) from the world of Adventure Sport, who are interested in exploring women’s participation, with a view to supporting and developing more women participants, coaches and leaders.

Now in its 4th year, the conference is open to all genders to attend.  This year the conference explores mind-set & self-belief.   The key speakers will bring an exciting mix of experiences from a wide range of adventure sports and perspectives.

Lynn Robinson, President BMC

The full line-up includes Lynn Robinson, the recently elected President of the BMC.  As the first female to hold this position, her unique volunteering journey includes; being President of her university mountaineering club; rock climbing guidebook work; national work with the BMC Women’s Development Group. She will talk about her experiences and challenges that she has faced throughout her journey.

Deb Pinniger, Two times World Freestyle Champion

Deb Pinniger is an accomplished white water kayaker and educator. For fifteen years she competed internationally in freestyle kayaking and is a former World, European and British freestyle champion. Deb has spent twenty years sharing her knowledge and skills with others, leading and participating in white water expeditions around the world

Arran High School Students

An inspirational group of female pupils from Arran High School, along with the Deputy Head, Suzie Dick, will be along to tell us how they personally set up outdoor education in their school and what they did to achieve this.

Hetty Key, Women in Adventure.

Women in Adventure is an independent research-based project focused on empowering women through the sharing of information, inspiration and advice. Hetty will be sharing some of their findings.


Lou Reynolds, Mountaineering Instructor

Lou gained the Mountaineering Instructor Certificate at the young age of 23 and is currently working towards the final modules of the BASI Alpine ISIA qualification. She will share with us how self-belief has impacted upon her journey  to enable her to teach and guide in the mountains of Scotland and the Alps.

Justine Allen, University of Stirling

Justine is Programme Director for MSc/PGDip Performance Coaching programmes, University of Stirling (including British Canoeing Coaching Diploma (UKCC Level 4)) .  Justine holds a PhD in Sport Psychology. Justine is also a Scottish Hockey Coach Educator and Talent Development Coach.

Nancy Chambers, MIC, BCU Level 5

Nancy holds a range of outdoor qualifications and is one of the few women to hold both an MIC and BCU Level 5 award in addition to other awards.  She was for many years the only female permanent member of instructional staff at Glenmore Lodge.  She is currently working part time for Cairngorm National Park and still works in a freelance role for Glenmore Lodge and other Outdoor Activity Providers.


The conference is being held on Saturday 27th October, for one day, at Glenmore Lodge. To secure your space, or for more information on the conference, visit or call 01479 861 256.



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