Thursday, July 31, 2014

On the world stage - what's planned for the World Parks Congress

The Health and Wellbeing stream - click on the picture to
read more about the stream
As recounted in an earlier post the IUCN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature) is holding their ten-yearly congress in November in Sydney. Big plans are afoot for the TrailRider.

On Thursday November 13th the Opening Plenary breaks into Panels. The Adventurers’ Panel on 13 November, will feature me (on stage, in a TrailRider) alongside Jessica Watson, Sibusiso Vilane and Lewis Pugh talking about personal exploration and achievement in face of adversity. The panel will be moderated by Paul Rose from National Geographic.

On the Friday a TrailRider will be demonstrated to the Press in a local park and then on Saturday and Sunday a park will "Pop Up" at the Congress - complete with a TrailRider and beach wheel chair.

Congress will break into eight streams and Parks Victoria (along with the US Parks Service) are organising the Health and Wellbeing stream. Conference papers will be presented in sessions and I, in a TrailRider will be chairing the Diverse Parks Diverse Communities session.

In some senses this is all familiar territory for me. As an ex-academic I have chaired sessions before - but never from a TrailRider! The exciting thing is that delegates from all over the world will see the TrailRider, perhaps for the first time, and most importantly see how TrailRiders are being incorporated into parks and making them more and more accessible.


  1. It's a bit big even for my little brain!

  2. Congrats, David! I wish I could come along. Enjoy!


  3. Oh yee of little faith, David. You are being very modest :-)

  4. Top stuff! Congratulations, Bernie


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