From being a part of the first team to row from mainland Europe to mainland South America across the Atlantic, to scaling the world’s highest mountains, walking along the deadliest ridges and abseiling into volcanoes, former Royal Marines Commando Sniper Aldo Kane lives life to the full.
Speaking to a packed Lindsay Stewart Lecture Theatre at Craiglockhart campus, Aldo shared the challenges, encounters and near-misses from his varied life so far.
Alongside his record-breaking Atlantic row, he also explained more about his current role as a safety and security supervisor for TV and film crews in remote and extreme locations throughout the world along with a number of the lessons he has learned along the way. Teamwork, determination, courage, unselfishness and cheerfulness are just some of the attributes that shape his everyday life, many of which were honed throughout his time with the Armed Forces.
Passionate about adventure and personal development, Aldo also shared some stories of his time working in the military and the influence it had on his outlook on civilian life. Aldo holds a shared emphasis on this area with the University after Edinburgh Napier was recently awarded a bronze award from the Armed Force Covenant Employer Recognition Scheme. The University has committed to ensuring that serving personnel, reservists and veterans are welcomed to the Edinburgh Napier community through practical steps taken within its provision and policy making.
An entertaining and inspiring lecture, you can read some more words of wisdom and watch the full talk below.