Jamie McAnsh is an honoured winner of the prestigious Brave Britain Award, as well as a multi-award winner for outstanding achievements. Jamie is also the man who climbed a mountain on his hands. Why? because he wanted to reach his summit, and nothing was going to stop him.
Jamie loves working with, and inspiring young people, covering topics such as adapting and overcoming challenges, adversity and diversity as well as offering young people an insight into entrepreneurship.
Jamie not only delivers inspiring talks in schools, but also works with sports clubs, children with disabilities, and adults to promote wellbeing through sport. Jamie is a motivational speaker, with the ability to inspire each and every listener.
With his belief that we all face a mountain to climb, his condition makes him no different from anyone else, and brings home the message that whoever you are whatever your story, you can achieve your goals. In his talks he shares his very personal stories of struggles, challenges and successes. Jamie is also honest about his failings and hopes to share what this has taught him. He brings with him stories of adventure and offers a real spirit of showing young people that you need to fight for what you truly want. The ultimate message is that if you fall you may need to adapt, overcome but most of all you need to #getbackup.
Comments from a school recently visited:
Greenmeadow staff and children loved having you visit our school. You spoke very well to the whole school during a half hour assembly. The children were engaged and interested and keen to listen to your life experiences. Staff found this inspirational too. The class workshops / questions and answer sessions with individual classes were successful and personal and gave more children the chance to talk to you. I believe your visit has linked very well with our school motto – to inspire the children to want to achieve and do their best. We still use your motto ‘if we fall down we get back up again!’ I am sure they will remember your talk and it will impact on their life. Thank you for visiting our school – keep in touch and hopefully meet again in the future.
Jamie arrived at Kymin View fully armed and ready to deliver an inspirational session for the children. His ability to engage pupils from the off is incredible…not using any traditional teaching approaches of course, that would not suit Jamie. You see, this guy just has a way of removing barriers that could be considered awkward, making them instead, accessible, real and relevant. He was in and out of all his various chairs, up on his crutches and back on the floor showing children how he manoeuvred. He answered every question posed and allowed the children to try his chairs out at the end of the session. His message was very strong and clear: ‘What do you do if you fall over?’ he questioned the children at the end of the session. ‘Get back up,’ responded the children with a cheer. And weeks later, his message is still at the very forefront of the children’s minds. When other children get stuck in class you will hear another pupil say, ‘remember it doesn’t matter if you fall over, you just have to get back up and try again.’ Such an inspirational person who has certainly changed the lives of our pupils and staff. Thank you Jamie