Defying technical, practical and political challenges, conservationist and adventurer Sacha Dench flew the 7000km journey from the high arctic to the UK in a paramotor, following the migration of wild swans. Her mission was to find out why the number of birds was declining so fast and to create a wave of support for saving them from the people she met along their flyway.
From her first test flights in Cornwall to winning the highest accolade in British aviation, Sacha will take the TEDxTruro audience on a journey as she describes the ups and downs of becoming ‘the human swan’. The talk will encourage us to wonder what unique combination of skills, knowledge and passion we each have – and leave us understanding that we have the key to creating own extraordinary lives.
Sacha is a conservationist and adventurer. She has also been a competitive free diver and worked as a stuntwoman. Despite being terrified of flying before she embarked on her epic paramotor journey, she is the first woman for 50 years to win the 2018 Britannia Trophy for the most meritorious performance in aviation, which was previously awarded to Sir Richard Branson and the Red Arrows. She was also named a Woman of the Year 2017 and won the Environment Campaign of the Year 2017.