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Paralympian Hannah Stodel

When life throws a curveball, take a different tack

Paralympian Hannah Stodel impresses WISTA members and HFW delegates with her impressive account of what it takes to be a world-class yacht racer

Four times Paralympian Hannah Stodel, who was born without her right forearm, gave a remarkable account of the journey she has taken to becoming a world champion sailor at a WISTA UK event in London. Stodel has won many medals for her yachting achievements, but at age 33 her journey is far from over and she is currently gearing up for her biggest challenge yet.

Delegates at the event hosted by law firm Holman Fenwick Willan (HFW) in London learned of her ambition to become the first disabled person to compete in the Vendée Globe in November 2020 – an around the world (24,000 miles) non-stop, solo yacht race. “126 people have competed over the years, and only seven are women,” Stodel said, adding that none of them have been disabled. “I want to be the first,” she added

Stodel, whose parents are both keen sailors, started sailing and racing from a young age and found that “it was a way to be like everyone else”.  She was bullied at school and given the nickname ‘Hook’ as her first prosthetic was just that, but through sailing her confidence grew.

Early in her career, Stodel competed in mainstream events, and it took a while for her to view the Paralympics as equal to the Olympics. She was won over by a fellow Paralympic sailor and has since represented the UK, along with team mates Steve Thomas and John Robertson in Athens 2004, Beijing 2008, London 2012 and Rio 2016.

She spoke of the endless training, funding and sponsorships, the embarrassing process of drugs testing (having surprise urine tests at 5 am), and missing out on normal life (Stodel has never been clubbing, for example). All take their toll, but she took a moment to emphasise the impact of having to gain weight in order to secure extra race time. It takes a bold woman to admit that they could not comfortably fit into the Team GB Stella McCartney-designed kit.

Unfortunately, the “Paralympics never worked out” for Stodel and her team, and they always came home without a medal.

But what makes Stodel’s story so remarkable is her belief in the journey as well as the outcome. She quoted Ralph Waldo Emerson: “For everything you have missed, you have gained something else,” and is the mantra on which she acts.

A disqualification in Rio (unfair said Stodel) and the fact that sailing is to be excluded in the Paralympic Games in Tokyo 2020 on the basis that there are not enough teams to compete (32 are needed and only 31 applied) has led Stodel to seek other challenges.

When she first applied to take part in the Vendée Globe, her application was met with cynicism.  But she proved herself a worthy candidate when in 2018 she became the first disable sailor to take part in the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland race, coming fourth in her boat class.

Now the Vendée looms, and in 20 months she will “single-handedly, quite literally in my case,” take on the round the world race.

She was asked how she would handle the large 60 ft and she admits to its challenges, speaking of adaptations and modifications to the boat, such as winches operated by her feat, as opposed to hands. She also fears hitting underwater rocks and gear failure.

But despite these challenges, Stodel said that she remains focussed.  “This is me kicking the door in for everyone else to prove it can be done,” she said.

Follow Hannah’s journey here https://www.hannahstodelracing.com/#

‘Imposter Syndrome – Know your worth and stop feeling like a fraud’

Follow-up from our Imposter Syndrome event on February 18th 2019 with speaker Simone Ingram.

‘Imposter Syndrome – Know your worth and stop feeling like a fraud’

What do Sheryl Sandberg, Sonia Sotomayor and Maya Angelou all have in common? They all admit to suffering from Imposter Syndrome.  Even the most capable and talented people, especially women, struggle with having feelings of never being good enough and feeling like a fraud.

Do you think other people are more qualified than you to do your job?  That you’ve just got there by luck or timing?  Believe ‘If I can do it, anybody can’? Agonise over the smallest flaws in your work? When you succeed, do you secretly feel like you fooled everyone again?  Do you fear that it’s only a matter of time before you are ‘found out’?

In Simone’s coaching experience, Imposter Syndrome is really common despite all the external indicators of success; internally individuals can feel it’s a fluke and that one day they’ll be found out.

So if this is a familiar struggle that you identify with, take comfort in the fact you are not alone and here are some tips to help you.

  • Choose to think positive thoughts and challenge negative beliefs
  • Recognise, anticipate and name your imposter feelings – what are your potential triggers?
  • Use your logical brain to reduce feelings of fear and or anxiety
  • Use the power of breathing and adopting a more relaxed and open physical posture, ‘power poses’. The TED Talk by Amy Cuddy shows how the adoption of physical stances can have a positive impact psychologically on you
  • Focus on the elements that you know and believe you are GOOD at

These are just some ways you can manage and reduce your imposter feelings.  What will work for someone may not for another but you CAN change and manage your self-limiting beliefs and body so as to reduce your imposter feelings.  BUT it will take a conscious effort on your part to expand out of your comfort zones to develop new habits and ways of thinking and in turn feelings.  You will need to be patient, persistent and importantly you will need to show yourself some compassion!

Simone Ingram, an Executive Coach from 3E Coaching, with over 20 years international corporate and leadership development experience, coaches leaders and high potential individuals helping them understand and work through challenges they are facing or key decisions they are contemplating, dealing with Imposter Syndrome, a lack of self-confidence and or emotional intelligence; enthusing and empowering them to recognise their full range of talents and capabilities leading to increased confidence, resilience, creativity and adoption of new leadership behaviours. 

If you have any further questions, do please feel free to reach out to Simone.

simone@3ecoaching.co.uk

www.3ecoaching.co.uk

 

WISTA UK Diwali in the city event
WISTA UK diwali in the city event

The WISTA UK Diwali in the city event and talk about the festival of lights. Which brought together #womenwhomovetheworld #womenleaders and supporters (Kevin Cooper and Roberto Peroni ). Always a delight to bring together friends and celebrate all together. Thank you all for coming and happy Diwali!

And a big thank you to Monica Kohli Senior Lawyer from Gard for organising it for WISTA UK

Capital Link’s 10th Annual Shipping, Marine Services & Offshore Forum
August 4, 2017
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Capital Link’s 10th Annual Shipping, Marine Services & Offshore Forum will take place on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at One Moorgate Place in London and is held in partnership with Fearnley Securities and in cooperation with the London Stock Exchange. The event will be held in conjunction with the London International Shipping Week 2017.

This event aims to provide investors with a comprehensive review and current outlook for the various shipping markets and in addition, cover topics of critical interest to industry participants, financiers and investors.

Capital Link’s Forums are known for combining rich informational content with unique marketing and networking opportunities. The London Forum will also provide the opportunity for 1×1 meetings between company management teams and investors.

Register here

Industry Panel Topics To Be Covered
·         Global Shipping – Overview & Outlook

·         Geopolitical, Regulatory & Market Trends Affecting Shipping

·         Dry Bulk Sector

·         LNG Shipping Sector

·         LPG Sector

·         Containers Sector

·         Crude Oil Tanker Sector

·         Product Tankers Sector

·         Shipping & Bank Finance

·         Private Equity & Alternative Finance

·         Restructuring Panel

·         Shipping & Capital Markets

·         Analyst Panel

 

 Who Should Attend?
Commercial and Investment Bankers • Charterers • Classification Societies • Commodity and Energy Traders • Finance Providers • Financial Advisors • Financial and Trade Media • Hedge Fund Managers • Institutional Investors • P&I Executives • Lawyers and Insurers • Market Analysts and Consultants • Private Equity Firms • Risk Advisors • Ship Managers • Ship Operators • Shipowners • Shipbrokers • Sovereign Wealth Funds • Venture Capital Firms, Financiers & Investors 

The Forum presents a unique opportunity to meet and network with a large, high-caliber audience of ship owning and offshore executives, institutional investors, research analysts, industry experts, commercial and investment bankers, risk advisors, private equity and venture capital firms, high-net worth investors, and financial media. The event will be open to the buy and sell side communities as well as the media. By attending, participants will gain a deeper understanding of the current state of the shipping and marine services industry, the subsequent effects on their investments, and a clear focus on the opportunities and challenges ahead.

For sponsorship opportunities, contact:
Olga Bornozi, Managing Director at: obornozi@capitallink.com, Tel: +1(212)661-7566

For more information, contact:
Eleni Bej (New York), Director of Special Events, at ebej@capitallink.com, Tel: +1(212)661-7566
Maira Kitova (Greece), Marketing & Media Relations at marketing@capitallink.com, Tel:  +30-210-610-9800

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