Sealskinz, the British Endurance Accessories manufacturer, will be asking visitors to this year’s Kendal Mountain Film Festival, what does endurance mean to you? And to provide inspiration, they will be showing the first in the series of #IAmEndurance films which tells the remarkable story of Sealskinz Ambassador Sandy Plenty.
Sandy’s story, which has received over 100,000 views in the week since its launch, will feature at the Santa Cruz Bike session, one of the most hotly anticipated shows of the festival. Hosted by Mountain Bike legend Ed Oxley, this festival favourite is at the Kendal Leisure Centre at 7pm on Friday 20th November.
“We’ve been blown away by the response to Sandy’s film,” commented Sealskinz Head of Marketing David Richards. “We’re absolutely delighted that the team at Kendal Mountain Festival agree that the quality of the film and the message it conveys is a perfect fit for such a prestigious event. It’s a real privilege to help tell Sandy’s story and we hope it can help inspire many more people to keep the adventure going.”
Sandy was diagnosed with primary pulmonary hypertension in his heart and lungs at the age of three. By the age of 11, already a keen sportsman, but a now a regular visitor to Great Ormond Street Hospital, Sandy was told that his condition meant he’d never be allowed to take part in any competitive sport.
Despite that, Sandy found Mountain Biking and after a few years of riding returned to the hospital to be told that due to his new passion he no longer needed a transplant. Now 36 years old, Sandy continues to defy the odds (and his diagnosis) and continues to live for mountain biking, even competing to a national level.