Imagine how life would be without excitement or adventure. It would be as boring as your phone without an internet connection, right?
Thankfully, we have adventure sports to quench our thirsts for excitement. Even if we don’t play the sport ourselves, just watching the athletes do it, sets that adrenaline rush.
But ever wondered, what it is that motivates these athletes, to relentlessly plow their way through uncharted territories, at great life risk? Suffice to say, they are driven by the challenge and the rush that comes with pushing oneself.
At least it is true in case of Nouria Newman, a French slalom canoeist who competed at the international level from 2007 to 2015.
For her, it initially started as a game at the age of 9 but soon became an adventure. She shares the bits of her adventurous life with her followers on Instagram and this is sure to give you goosebumps.
Let’s dive into these images and videos from her Instagram to see her taking up an arduous journey – braving grave conditions and the cold waters.
Newman is an expert in her art and we can see that in the video. Look at her kayaking her way through those rough waters, so effortlessly.
She won two medals at the ICF Slalom World Championships with a gold in 2014 and a silver in 2013.
Woah! What a tall drop from that cliff! This is definitely giving us the chills.
As per an interview with TOI, Newman said ”Kayaking requires not only physical strength but also mental toughness.”
This is evident from the picture, how she must have prepared herself mentally before entering the cold and rough waters and making her way through those rocks.
Last year, she kayaked her way through the Leh, Tsarap, Zanskar, and Indus rivers, for 375 kms. Looks like nothing can dissuade her from following her passion.
According to Nouria, kayaking is the best exercise for a person to get in shape and also makes a person mentally strong to cross any barrier.
Hats off to Nouria!