OLYMPIAN HOMES SPONSORS ADAPTIVE GRAND SLAM EVEREST CHALLENGE
Olympian Homes is proud to support a team of British adventurers from Adaptive Grand Slam, who are on a mission to become the first disabled team in history to complete the notorious Explorer’s Grand Slam.
The Mount Everest attempt, which is being sponsored by Olympian Homes, will be the sixth challenge completed by the team, who have already walked to the North Pole and summited Mount McKinley, Mount Elbrus, Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Aconcagua using modified techniques and equipment.
Only a handful of climbers have completed all stages of the impressive Grand Slam feat, which entails summiting the highest peak on each of the seven continents and walking unsupported to the geographic North and South Poles.
The adventurers are on target to break four world records in becoming the first disabled team to walk unsupported to the geographic North Pole, the first disabled team to walk to the South Pole from the continental edge of Antarctica unsupported, the first disabled team to climb the seven summits and the first disabled team to complete the Grand Slam.
Mark Slatter, chairman of Olympian Homes, said:
Olympian Homes was formed 26 years ago and has a history of mixed use development including speculative residential, retail, hotel, student accommodation and built to rent residential accommodation. It has developed successful partnerships with a number of blue chip partners including Marks and Spencer, Balfour Beatty, Travelodge, Brookfield and now the Goldman Sachs and Welcome Trust owned IQ Students.
The ethos at Olympian is threefold, to make money, to enjoy our work and to put something back.
The Adaptive Grand Slam Foundation, founded and inspired by Martin Hewitt is providing a road to physical and mental recovery for numerous ex military and non military alike through the vehicle of extreme training and challenges and we are very proud to support it and help ‘put back’.
I met Martin on an Everest expedition in 2012 and was astounded by his unbounded positive outlook, his energy, stoicism and drive to better both his own circumstances and those of others.
The AGS Foundation has the potential to change a great many more lives for the good. By participation, donation or support with your time, be a part of this journey.
Adaptive Grand Slam team leader and founder Martin Hewitt served for eight years as a commissioned officer with the Parachute Regiment. He was injured while leading his men in combat in Afghanistan, paralysing his right arm and ending his military career. In 2011 he walked unsupported to the Geographic North Pole joined by HRH Prince Harry as part of the Walking with the Wounded team.
The organisers and adventurers of Adaptive Grand Slam expeditions are ex-servicemen, civilian members of the disabled community, professional mountaineers, expedition leaders and supportive members of the extreme adventure community.
Martin Hewitt, founder of Adaptive Grand Slam, said:
“Many people with life changing injuries face a long process of rehabilitation, finding themselves thrown out of action and into the perplexities of physical and psychological obstacles and difficulties with self-acceptance. The Adaptive Grand Slam was established to select, train and develop disabled teams to tackle extreme expeditions and challenges to support the AGS foundation.
“The Grand Slam is considered, amongst seasoned mountain climbers and expedition leaders, as the height of expedition achievement and the AGS team are unique in that they have to rely on alternative ways and means of completing the challenge with their various disabilities. Each mission is undertaken by a small core team providing experience and continuity, with additional team members joining singular expeditions.”