LETHBRIDGE: A celebrity speaker leant some inspiration to the first day of school for Lethbridge College students. Adventurer Kevin Vallely, who spoke at the school Tuesday, was part of a team that broke the world record for the "fastest unsupported trek" to the South Pole. But he says he's just an "ordinary guy" who followed his dream.
"It's really easy to lose focus on things. If it's something you really want and it will take a lot of work to get there, it's often easier to let it go," says Vallely. "But if you just stay focused and let that desire fuel your dream, you'll be able to achieve anything you want."
When he's not running across freezing terrain or planning his next daring hike - this time through remote desert - Vallely runs his own business in Vancouver. He says speaking engagements like the one at Lethbridge College help him spread the kind of inspiration he's learned to thrive on.
"I love talking to kids, because really they are the future. If they have the right message, that's the first battle," says Vallely. "The key message is you can do anything you want to; you just have to want it bad enough." A total of about 4,000 students - more than half of them new - are set to start classes at the college this week.