10th July 2018 — In 2009 she launched Explorers Connect, a social enterprise dedicated to helping people find their own adventures both in the UK and overseas. Explorers Connect has organised trips for TV adventurers Bear Grylls and Ray Mears. Belinda also organised the first ‘Wild Night Out’ in July 2017, a national day of outdoor adventure, with the aim of encouraging people to try new experiences. In 2010 she captained the first all-female rowing team to circumnavigate Britain non-stop, completing the journey in 51 days.
After listening to the St. Andrew’s Summer Concert, Belinda entertained the St. Andrew’s audience of parents and children with a superb and witty summary of her career to date explaining that success is nearly always closely linked to failure and that it’s therefore important to “be brave and risk failure so that you can become the best version of yourself.” Her speech concluded with the inspiring words “Congratulations to all who’ve tried your best, as if you’ve tried your best you are already a winner – so keep on daring to fail.”
Following Belinda’s thought-provoking speech the prize winners for 2018 were announced and the children had the privilege of receiving their trophies and awards from Belinda. The new Head of School, Finlay, was also revealed and received the coveted Wesley Bray Memorial cup. Mr Perks, Headmaster, summarised the day perfectly commenting: “It was fantastic to welcome Belinda Kirk to our Prize Giving today. I trust that her story will inspire us all to take a step out of our comfort zones!”