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Chris Shirley

Founder, The Hiatus Journal

After a decade of adventures as a Military Police bodyguard and a Royal Marines Commando Officer; at 33 years old – Chris embarked on a year of global discovery to find his new purpose. Leaving a comfortable job in the BBC’s prestigious ‘High-Risk operations’ team, he travelled to war, post-conflict and disaster zones to seek a new purpose in the world.

In Afghanistan – a country sadly characterised by war; he met mountain bikers riding in a city dominated by suicide attacks, skiers racing backcountry powder runs in a remote mountain village paradise and parkour gymnasts risking their lives to practice on an 18thcentury British fort. Unexpectedly, he found the region to be a hotbed of resilient young leaders redefining their culture through adventure, endurance and challenge.

Using his first-hand experience of meeting resilient young Afghan athletes, Chris will host an expert panel that candidly discusses how adventure sports can redefine a culture in Afghanistan.

 

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Using Adventure Sports to Redefine a Culture in Afghanistan

In Afghanistan, a country sadly characterised by war, session moderator Chris met mountain bikers riding in a city dominated by suicide attacks, skiers racing in a remote mountain village paradise, and parkour gymnasts risking their lives to practice on an 18th-century British fort. Unexpectedly, he found the region to be a hotbed of resilient young […]

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