Becoming an OS GetOutside Champion

Earlier this year I received the exciting news that I’d been selected as one of Ordnance Survey’s GetOutside champions for 2020.

Applications closed in December and chosen champions would be contacted in Feb. The date came and went with no news, and so, that was that – or so I thought.

A couple of weeks later I started to receive emails about agreement forms and social media handles. I sent an awkward reply flagging that I’d been included by mistake. Turns out the original email had gone into my spam: HURRAH!

Among the 600+ applications at Ordnance Survey’s end, the bit in my application that caught their eye was my role as a volunteer with Adventure Queens. A handful of other AQ volunteers had also applied, and the folks at OS wanted us all to join as a subset of champs. Becoming a champ AND doing it alongside some badass adventure queens? Yes please.

Back then, of course, we had no idea that by the time the 100 ‘GET OUTSIDE’ champs were due to be announced publicly, the message across the country would be STAY HOME – eek. So like everyone, getting outside has looked very different for me over the past couple of months, but I’ve loved discovering more walks from my doorstep, spending quality time in nature and sharing routes with others – and I’m thrilled to get the chance to be a part of the GetOutside campaign this year.

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