Louise Minchin is one of the BBC Breakfast’s lead presenters and she is certainly an inspiration to many.
She has recently completed the Norseman Challenge, which is one of the toughest triathlons there is. She had to complete a two and half kilometre swim, then a 112 mile bike ride followed by a marathon. As if that wasn’t hard enough for the swim, she had to jump from the back of a ferry in the dark and swim to the shore. The cycling was mainly up hill and despite the challenge taking place in Norway, deal with the extreme heat. Minchin finished the race in 16 hours and 46 minutes. On the breakfast programme on the first day back after her challenge she paid tribute to her family who had helped her every inch of the way. She told viewers about the training and all of the hard work that she puts in and what drove her to success and the completion of the event. She competed for Britain in the World Triathlon Championships in 2015 despite lass than three years before not even knowing what a triathlon was.
Obviously being in such a high profile job gives her a chance to talk about issues that may affect her but not only her for example she very openly talks about the menopause. If high profile people like this can raise awareness and make it ok to talk about these things then people realise they are not on their own. She also inspires people of all ages to get fit and enjoy a healthy lifestyle. She was reported to say:
“I certainly feel better and stronger than I did in my 20s, 30s and 40s. I might have wrinkles, but I’ve got muscles.”
All of these issues are real for so many people and bring them to light in this refreshing way will hopefully help people become more open about things and for it to be acceptable to have these discussions rather than hiding behind the taboo of years gone by.
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