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With the advent of social media, it is easier now more than ever to experience marine conservation and make a difference to the health of the ocean. In my article for Dive New Zealand magazine I explore the options available for people to get involved in conservation initiatives without necessarily leaving home. We can all make a difference!...

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I am absolutely delighted to share that I have won a travel writing award. I placed second in the We Said Go Travel 2017 Inspiration Travel Writing Award. The We Said Go Travel (WSGT) website is in the top 12% of websites in the United States of America, where there are over 80 million websites at present, and their travel writing awards are highly regarded. This contest was judged by Richard Bangs, the father of modern adventure travel, Amanda Castleman, a freelance journalist who features in the Guardian and the BBC amongst others, and WSGT’s own travel expert Lisa Niver. The theme for the 2017 Inspiration award was “How travel has changed your Life”. Writers were asked to write about a place in their life or a place they visited where they took a risk and fought against fear and were willing to grow forward. You can read my entry below, which is about a huge turning point in my life that occurred in the bustling city of Hong Kong. Working my way through tears and fears in crowded streets, I found my way forwards to an incredible chapter of my life: Choosing Hope: A Migrant’s Crossroad in Hong Kong...

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Do I love the postie more for new shoes of the new edition of No Damage? Tough decisions today! With my new website being released soon, signed copies of No Damage will be available for purchase directly from me. Watch this...

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There was a time when putting my face underwater brought on panic attacks and the feeling I would die, which is why I decided to train as a scuba instructor. Go big right?! As Mark Twain so elegantly put it… ‘Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the one you did do. So, throw off the bowline. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.’ I certainly threw off my bowline and dug deep, and frankly, I scared the life out of myself for the next three years. With hypnotherapy, crying in my dive mask often, and more visualisations than an Olympic athlete would use, I showed myself and the world that we can do anything if we have the courage to try. Anything at all. What did success look like? This…. That moment was when I knew I’d made it and it was worth every tear and moment of terror. Fast forward two years, I herniated a disc in my back and found myself unexpectedly unemployed. Who knew sneezing was so dangerous? I needed a new challenge whilst recovering in bed, so started a marine conservation cause Friends for Sharks with my partner. We planned to give free talks to adults and children around the globe, making marine conservation accessible to all, and talking about the importance of sharks. All whilst raising money for two charities, without funding or an income for ourselves for 18 months. Small matters we’d deal with later, or so I hoped when I lay awake wondering what on earth we’d taken on. We spent the last of our savings on two round the world flights before we could back out. We started off not knowing what Twitter was, let alone how to plan a world tour. I still don’t know what Twitter is but we finished having completed 87 talks, in 8 countries, and having presented to over 7000 people. What did success look like? A lot like this…       With plenty of this…     A little bit of this…     More of this than we’d like…         And finally, this!       We can do anything if we have the courage to try. Anything at all. With that attitude in mind, I have entered the Miss Diving Specials 2017 competition to win a diving adventure. I would like to win so I can join that liveaboard, give shark conservation talks to new audiences, and show others what can be done with a pocket full of courage. I also want to win to take my husband...

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Vancouver Park Board has voted to ban the importation and display of live cetaceans at Vancouver Aquarium. The vote came after two nights of debate and thousands of public submissions concerning the welfare of captive cetaceans. The ban will come into effect by amending a Parks Control bylaw in 2017. Vancouver Park Board votes to ban cetacean captivity at the city’s...

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