September 15, 2015

Updated Monday September 28, 2015 by Kitchener Sports Association.



PHOTO: After Ian's presentation, there were lots of questions, discussions and photo ops. This one was squeezed in: Valerie Byer (Family & Children's Services), Ian Evans (adventurer & KSA guest speaker) and Erin (Waterloo SportsXpress) at the KSA Sept 15, 2015 dinner.  A very entertaining evening!



Guest speaker at KSA's September 15, 2015 dinner

Ian Evans - Adventurer

Ian recounted incidents about his journey to the South Pole, but he's no stranger to adventure, having scaled multiple peaks including Kilimanjaro in Tanzania and Aconcagua in Argentina. Of all his adventures, Ian's trek to the South Pole was the most difficult he has endured, with two foot injuries plaguing him throughout the trip and losing 25 pounds from his already slight frame. Forty-four days and  roughly 1,000 kilometres later, he and his 3 companions made it across the unforgiving Antarctic landscape - and were ready to head home!

Now he's back and living to tell the tale; long lonely 12 km daily treks, cold days and colder nights, the food - or what was called food, calorie input, weight loss and, the bright side - lots of "thinking time", comraderie, goal achievements and character development!

  • Breaking the overall objective down into smaller achieveable goals is the way to achieve success. (Ian's targets for this trip ended up being one-hour segments  - he just had to ski for one more hour, one hour at a time ... not 400 or whatever more kilometres.)
  • Plan for success - Ian did a lot of training for this adventure including months of dry-land puliing truck tires around Elora - a local tourist attraction coming down main street!.
  • Don't be overwhelmed, set your mind to do it and do it. There's a defined end in site so set up to succeed. Live with the success and relish it, not with failure. 

These are just a few of thoughts Ian projected through his talk and discussion. Truly a motivational speaker - lots to think about!

For more about Ian's adventures visit


Other upcoming KSA dinners:  

Tuesday, October 20:  KSA's AGM

Tuesday, November 17: Volunteer Recognition Night

January dinner date & details (To be confirmed) Rangers dinner - new coach!

Tuesday, February 16: Guest speaker TBA

Tuesday, March 15: Guest speaker TBA

Tuesday, April 19: Scholarship Awards Dinner

Tuesday, May 17: Athlete of the Year Dinner (Tentative with details to follow)

Dates, rates and details on these dinners are subject to change depending on the Rangers schedule for the 2015/16 season.  More information on our February, March, April (Scholarships) and May (Athlete of the Year) dinners will follow when details are finalized.  
Just let us know you're coming so we can make appropriate seating arrangements - email Adele Couchman

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