Helen Skelton joined the Blue Peter team in the summer of 2008, as the 33rd presenter of the long running show. During this time Helen has achieved some remarkable feats, and has made a name for herself as the team's all action girl. Her experiences and determination are an inspiration to others, which make her perfect for motivational and after dinner speaking.
In 2009 she became only the second woman ever to complete the Namibia Ultra Marathon, and two weeks later she was back in her running shoes, taking part in the London Marathon for Leonard Cheshire Disability. She has climbed out of a moulin on an Alaskan glacier, beaten a world power boat champion and come in 6th place in the UK Women's Downhill Skateboarding Championships. To say she is game is an understatement!
In 2010 Helen completed her most extreme challenge to date - Kayaking 2,010 miles down the Amazon in support of Sport Relief. Along the way she broke two Guinness World Records; the longest solo journey by kayak, and the longest kayak by a woman in 24 hours. A two-part Blue Peter special documenting her trip was shown in the run up to the Sport Relief weekend.
For Comic Relief 2011, Helen Skelton decided to train in the art of high wire walking and completed a spectacular 150 meter long, 66 meter high walk between the towers of Battersea Power Station. ‘Girl on Wire' was aired as a BBC1 special, and it led to her being nominated for Best Presenter at the 2011 Children's BAFTAs.
In late 2011 early 2012 Helen completed The Polar Challenge, in aid of Sport Relief 2012. The feat saw her tackling the icy and treacherous 500 mile Antarctica terrain to reach the South Pole, setting a new Guinness World Record title in the process, for the fastest 100km by kite ski.
Helen Skelton's other presenting credits include her covering the London Marathons in 2010 and 2011 as part of the BBC 5 Live team. Since then she has reported from the Epsom Derby and Wimbledon Championships for the station. During the two week tennis tournament she co-presented a daily podcast with Jeff Tarango for the 5 Live website, rounding up all the day's action both on and off court. Helen was also part of the BBC presenting team for the London 2012 Olympic coverage reporting live from the Olympic park and BMX track.
Having grown up on a farm in the Lake District, it was inevitable that Helen would return to her rural roots, and over the last year has reported for Country Tracks and more recently joined the Countryfile team.
Previous corporate work has included her writing a feature for The Sunday telegraph sponsored by Range Rover, hosting the Tollymore National Outdoor Centre launch event, speaking at the Kendal Mountain Festival, delivering a presentation at the NHS Cumbria AGM, and working with Bupa Team Telegraph when she captained and mentored three ‘Team Telegraph' members to run the 2010 Bupa Great North and South Runs.