Kelda started her sporting career playing netball at a national level as a teenager. Sport very quickly became the thing that defined who she was and the person she wanted to be.
Her real passion lay with horses and her ultimate goal was to ride for her country and represent GB at the Olympics.
Unfortunately, after a serious leg injury in 2002, Kelda’s hopes of competing at an international level seemed to have disappeared. The leg injury had a huge impact on her life, as she could no longer run, train or play many of the sports that meant so much to her.
Kelda couldn’t accept this, and so continued to try to do all the things she used to do before her injury….but in her eyes, she continually failed to be the person she wanted to be.
This had a huge impact on her confidence and self-belief, and she spent nearly 10years fighting to accept who she was.
In 2002 she decided to climb Kilimanjaro, and this proved to be a life changing moment. Having always had a love of the outdoors, she decided to retrain as an outdoor instructor…..and a whole new world began to open up to her. She began to get some of the old Kelda back.
As a result of the dramatic effect the outdoors had on her own mental and physical recovery, Kelda decided she wanted to help other young people who were facing similar challenges, and she set up Climbing Out.
Climbing Out is a charity that runs 5 day outdoor activity programmes aimed at rebuilding confidence and self-esteem in young people facing life changing injury and illness. The charity has now been running for 6 years and has helped over 200 young people. It really is changing lives. www.climbingout.og.uk
As Kelda became more aware of the opportunities within Para sports, she was invited to attend a talent ID day with GB Paracanoe. 6 months later she joined the GB squad and went on to represent Great Britain at the 2015 World Cup and the 2016 World Championships, where she finished 10th.
Unfortunately she just missed out on selection for the 2016 Paralympics in Rio, but she has since joined the Adaptive Grand Slam Team who are aiming to be the first adaptive team to climb the 7 highest summits in the 7 continents, plus reaching the North and South Pole.
She is still aiming for Tokyo in 2020.