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Wokingham’s Everest climber Bonita Norris shares an inspirational message

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Bonita Norris in Sheffield last week

A WOKINGHAM woman who tackled Mount Everest took time out from her mountaineering schedule to inspire schoolchildren to take life one step at a time.

Bonita Norris was the youngest British woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest – she climbed the summit in 2010 when she was just 22.

Last week, the former Holt School pupil took part in Sheffield High Schools body positivity week, talking to pupils about her experiences as a climber and encouraging them to take one step at a time to achieve anything. She also talked about the benefits of fuelling your body correctly to be strong, rather than be thin.

The schools taking part were delighted with their special guest.

Julian Wood, deputy head teacher of Wybourn Community Primary School in Sheffield, said: “Our pupils were inspired and enthused by her experiences. She is a fantastic example of outdoor learning.”

And Ms Norris also enjoyed her visit, which included a demonstration of her climbing skills.

She said: “It was such a pleasure visiting the pupils at the school, they were so inquisitive and full of energy. I’m pleased that I was able to share my experiences and inspire the children.”

The visit was organised by lingerie, sport and swimwear specialists Panache.

Jennie Bianco, head of marketing at Panache, said the company is pleased to have Bonita as an ambassador for the brand’s role models campaign.

She said: “We are passionate about promoting inspiring role models, seeing our customers comfortable in their own skin has always been a motivation for us as Panache. We launched our first campaign last year, Modelled by Role Models, focusing on women that are inspirational in their own right.

“Following on from the campaign, Bonita was a natural choice for us to front our Spring/Summer 16 Sport shoot.

“We wanted to share Bonita’s outstanding achievements and her passion for the outdoors to the schools and children in our home town of Sheffield.”

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