Trier, speaker, author and, some days, trainee astronaut, Paula McGuire is the world’s least likely adventurer, with the world’s most inspiring adventure story.
For thirty years Paula lived under a rock, somewhere on the outskirts of every social situation, suffering crippling anxiety that would eventually rob her of even the most basic freedoms. Adventure became Paula’s personal therapy in 2012, when she became Paula Must Try Harder, trying the 17 Commonwealth sports, exposing her to constant risk and enabling her to fight her way back into the world.
Ever since, Paula has terrified herself daily in the name of recovery, challenging herself to wild exploits and encouraging others to allow a little fear into their days. From life modelling and flying a jet to going shopping on her own, Paula’s adventures have covered the bizarre and the banal, and demonstrate the importance of risk-taking for a healthy – and adventurous – life.
In April 2018, Paula will take on her biggest challenge yet, as she attempts to become the first person ever to swim around the entire coast of mainland Britain.