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Overcoming Adversity - Open Water Swimming for Resilience

Recently I met up with Maggy Blagrove at Vobster Quay to talk about all things resilience. Vobster was the perfect place to swim, chat and kick back and relax with a nice cup of tea.

Maggy is the director and founder of Open Minds Active, a Bristol-based social impact organisation whose mission is to promote positive mental and physical well-being through wild swimming and the great outdoors. Alongside a Masters in International Development, Maggy is a qualified teacher, open water swimming coach, beach lifeguard and netball coach. With over 20 years experience of working in sport and communities, she has developed various international and national projects. Maggy has led programmes in the Middle East and Africa using sport to build resilience and also in the UK using sport as a tool to engage disadvantaged youth and marginalised communities.

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