Karen Darke is a British Paralympic cyclist, Paratriathlete, adventurer and author. She won Gold at the 2016 Rio Paralympics in the Women's road time trial, following her success in the 2012 London Paralympics winning a silver medal. Some of her adventures include hand-cycling across the Himalaya from Kazakhstan to Pakistan, through the Indian Himalaya in 2005 and 2018, and across the Tibetan Plateau in 2014. In 2002 she was part of a team sea kayaking from Canada to Alaska. This is a remarkable conversation about the resilience of the human spirit in the face of some of the most unimaginable odds. If you want a dose of motivation to power you through to your goals, this conversation is sure to give it to you!
Season 2, Ep 50 - Karen Darke on Turning The Difficult Stuff Into Gold
28 Summers - Live Adventurously
I can’t think of anyone better to help bring Season 3 to a close than my guest today - Karen Darke @handbikedarke. Karen lives life as a modern-day ‘Alchemist’, passionate about turning challenge into opportunity and transforming the difficult stuff into ‘gold'. She loves to explore, have adventures, stay healthy, and to write about her experiences. As a young woman, Karen was a keen runner, climber and orienteer but fell of a cliff whilst climbing and became paralysed from the chest down - aged just 21. In her own words, at first she thought she would rather be dead than paralysed but she soon learned that with friends, creativity and perseverance so many things are still possible in a wheelchair. Karen has had a pretty extraordinary life and I really hope you enjoy this chat as much as I did!
"On my adventures, I've noticed the less material possessions people have, the more kindness and smiles they extend to each other" Karen DarkeKaren Darke is a Paralympic Gold medalist, World Champion, World record holder, professional adventurer, bestselling author, coach, and speakerKaren and I met when she was a coauthor in Activate Your Life, Volume III - the bestselling coaching exercise book series I put together, and it was a pleasure getting to know her more during this interviewIn this episode, I ask Karen about her affinity for Gold and how it led to her creating Quest 79. We talk about her different adventure expeditions around the world, ad some of the special considerations it takes to adventure as a person with paralysis. When I get to chat with real adventueres, I love to hear what they have learned from being in so may different countries and culturesI also got to talk with Karen about her Paralympic gold, and hand cycle racing career and world record.Finally you will get the inside story of what it takes to plan a big expedition to the south pole or to Bhutan - both trips that Karen is planning this yearWhat you'll learn in this episode:How Karen won Paralympic goldThe significance of Gold and number 79How Karen does big adventures while paralyzedWhat Karen has learned from people around the world on her adventuresHow Karen found and tried quantum surgery in BrazilHow long it has taken Karen to plan her Bhutan and Antarctica expeditions Continue the adventure:Karen DarkeYou’ll also love these episodes:AOA 157 | Mike Spencer Bown | The World’s Most Traveled ManFrancis Tapon | The Quest to Visit Every African Country and Bring Back the Best IdeasThe Spiritual Practice of Adventure Sports | Stefan GrafsteinChase Boehringer | The Chase to Another World RecordAnna Mascaro | Creating Terracotta Travel – A Luxury Travel StartupAntesa Jensen | Adventure Awake: Self-Awareness Through TravelChase Boehringer | Experience The Most Epic Adventures With The Bucketlist LifestyleAOA 067 | Matt Prior | Adventure AcademyAOA 128 | Gunnar Garfors | A Story From Every Country
Episode 03: Inner Gold - the best medal of all, with Paralympian Dr Karen Darke
Women on a Mission with Sue Revell
This is a very special episode in our launch season because it’s been recorded to coincide with Quest 79 day (2021). As if Paralympian Dr Karen’s Darke’s achievements weren’t already inspiring enough, she is also the founder of the Quest 79 inspirational challenge, which is all about inspiring us to find our inner gold and, in doing so, change the world. Karen is a Guinness World Record holder for landspeed by armpower, has skied across icecaps, kayaked at extreme latitudes of the planet, and hand-cycled across the world’s biggest mountain ranges and alongside some of the longest rivers. Seriously, stop reading. Just listen. ABOUT MY GUEST: DR KAREN DARKE MBE Karen could be described as a modern-day ‘Alchemist’: a learning & development specialist turned mindset- heartset coach, explorer, athlete, speaker and author, Karen’s purpose is about helping individuals and organisations ‘Find Inner Gold’: turning challenge into opportunity, turning ‘mud’ into ‘gold’. Karen started out as a geologist researching gold in the Bolivian Andes, but a life-changing accident that left her paralysed led her away from being a ‘rock-doctor’ to winning Paralympic gold in the sport of Paralympic hand-cycling in Rio 2016. It was the 79th medal for Britain, and 79 being the elemental number for Gold led to Karen creating Quest 79. The project has Karen cycling 7 continents in 9 iconic rides, raising £79K for Spinal Injuries and encouraging many people to step out of their comfort zones and discover passion, purpose, strength and other aspects of their ‘inner gold’. She is a Guinness World Record holder for landspeed by armpower, has skied across icecaps, kayaked at extreme latitudes of the planet, and hand-cycled across the world’s biggest mountain ranges and alongside some of the longest rivers. These experiences combined with unique studies of mind, resilience and performance have led to helping people view life as an adventure, and to embrace all its’ experiences as opportunities to learn and grow. Karen has extensively studied what goes on ‘inside’: the power of the mind and language to positively impact emotions; improving presence, performance and wellbeing. Web: www.quest79.com ABOUT YOUR HOST: SUE REVELL Sue is on a mission to STOP women playing small so that they can create the legacy they want to leave in the world. With over 30 years coaching and leadership experience, Sue loves nothing more than disrupting the unhelpful thinking that often holds women back, so that they can think, dream and BE bigger in leading the change they want to see. Coaching internationally, Sue’s clients are primarily world-changing women who want to lead with confidence, increase their impact and live a life that matters. TO CONNECT WITH / HEAR MORE FROM SUE: Sign up for regular updates: Mission Mojo Sign-Up Join the Women on a Mission Community: Facebook Group Connect with Sue at: suerevell.com | Twitter | LinkedIn | Instagram
Karen Darke Paralympian, The Periodic Table and Quest 79 creator
Thinking Like A Genius Podcast
Karen is an inspiring woman and someone to learn from. I had the pleasure of getting to know her through clubhouse and was able to get the chance to interview this very tough and determined lady. We explore her story and how it changed her life and how her mindset has helped her not only cope but thrive and reach new heights when it comes to challenges. She has done some unbelievable challenges and has created her own challenge called Quest 79. How this came about is all revealed in the interview. Karen is an author, a public speaker and a coach to help transform people in her own special way. https://www.karendarke.com/quest-79/ https://twitter.com/kdarke https://www.instagram.com/handbikedarke/
175 - Karen Darke on Finding the Inner Gold and Quest 79
Modern Mindset with Adam Cox
Adam talks to gold medal winning paralympian, adventurer and founder of Quest 79 Karen Darke. Karen broke her spine when she was in her early twenties and then went on to win gold medal at the Rio Olympics. They discuss the mindset Karen developed to handle the challenges of her life and the inspiration for her latest project Quest 79. www.Quest79.com www.KarenDarke.com
In this episode I talk to the amazing Karen Darke who is a British paralympic cyclist, paratriathlete, adventurer and author. She competed at the 2016 Rio Paralympics winning Gold in the Women's road time trial, following her success in the 2012 London Paralympics winning a silver medal in the same event. Karen has completed some remarkable adventures around the world and shares her insights into what makes her successful. Listening to Karen makes you realise what is possible if we put our minds to it.
Finding your inner gold for high-performance with Olympic Champion Karen Darke MBE
The AJ Roberts Show
Today we are joined by the sensational Karen Darke MBE on The AJ Roberts Show. Karen is the founder of Quest79: Find your inner gold and also: 🥇 Paralympic Champion 🎙 Speaker 🌏 Explorer 📈 Performance Coach 🗞 Guiness World Record holder for landspeed on a handbike 📻 BBC radio 4 presenter of the One to One show 📚 Author of 3 books 💃 and Cosmo Woman of the year among many other accolades. We want to spend this time to teach YOU how you can find YOUR inner gold, especially through these difficult times and aim for high-performance. To Book your FREE Clarity Call and for more information simply visit www.MrAJRoberts.com or email me via firstname.lastname@example.org. Want to follow me on Social Media? INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/mr_ajroberts/ LINKEDIN: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mrajroberts/ FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/mrajroberts TWITTER: https://twitter.com/mr_ajroberts
Paralysed to Olympic Golds and Beyond with Dr. Karen Darke MBE
Make It Happen with Will Polston
Make It Happen with Will Polston - Episode - 74 - Paralysed to Olympic Golds and Beyond with Dr. Karen Darke MBE Episode Notes Make It Happen with Will Polston - Episode - 74 - Paralysed to Olympic Golds and Beyond with Dr. Karen Darke MBE Make It Happen with Will Polston is a weekly podcast that consists of a combination of episodes with Mindset Strategist Will Polston and episodes with Will's guests from around the world providing you with insights on how you can transform your excuses into results to benefit yourself, your family, your friends, your community, society, humanity and the universe, what he calls - The Ripple Effect. Dr. Karen Darke MBE could be described as a modern-day ‘Alchemist’: a learning & development specialist turned mindset coach, explorer, athlete, speaker and author. Karen’s purpose is about helping individuals and organisations ‘Find Inner Gold’: turning challenge into opportunity, turning ‘mud’ into ‘gold’. Karen started out as a geologist researching gold in the Bolivian Andes, but a life-changing accident that left her paralysed led her away from being a ‘rock-doctor’ to winning Paralympic gold in the sport of Paralympic hand-cycling in Rio 2016. It was the 79th medal for Britain, and 79 being the elemental number for Gold led to Karen creating Quest 79. The project has Karen cycling 7 continents in 9 iconic rides, raising £79K for Spinal Injuries and encouraging many people to step out of their comfort zones and discover passion, purpose, strength and other aspects of their ‘inner gold’. She has skied across icecaps, kayaked at extreme latitudes of the planet, and hand-cycled across the world’s biggest mountain ranges and alongside some of the longest rivers. With a deep understanding of how trauma, stress and life events can lead to fear, pain and dis-ease, Karen has a passion for helping others transform, move beyond perceived limitations and consider possibility. In this episode, Will has Dr. Karen as his guest and they talk about: - The catalyst on what ignited her love for exploration - How she developed a positive mindset despite an accident that paralysed her - Why connecting head and heart is important - How having limiting beliefs prevent you from believing that anything is possible To find out more about Dr. Karen Darke, MBE, click here. Join the free Make It Happen Community Facebook group by clicking here.
Karen Darke MBE - Training her brain to become a Paralympic champion, climbing El Capitan as a paraplegic and learning to enjoy the process
A Life Less Ordinary with Sophie Elwes
Karen Darke tells me about being injured aged 21 in a mountain climbing accident and how she overcame her fear of heights following this accident to eventually climb El Capitan, as a paraplegic using just her arms. She shares with me her story from first riding a handcycle to becoming a Paralympic champion in Rio in 2016, helped, along with a lot of training, motivation and hard work, by an understanding of how to train her brain and reframe negative thoughts in order to manifest a positive outcome. She tells me about her trip when she cross-country skied across the Greenland ice cap where the challenge lay not only in the physical exertion for a month, but in managing her disability under such extreme conditions. She credits being part of a team with a common objective as a huge part of what makes each adventure particularly special.Karen has done a lot of work in personal development and brain training and shared some fascinating insights about how to combat negative self-talk and achieve goals. She works as a transformational coach and, alongside training for the next paralympic games, is passionate about helping others remove blocks to success and reaching their potential through helping them train their brains. Recorded live at the Back Up In the Cloud festival.karendarke.combackuptrust.org.ukaccessadventures.co.uk@sophieelwes