November Networking Breakfast - 5 Key Moments

  • Posted on: 14th November 2018
  • Posted in: News

5 Key Moments from November’s Network Pompey Business Club networking breakfast.

1)    Open water swim coach, swimming teacher and motivational speaker, Deborah Phillips, joined us as guest speaker! She told the story of how, in 2017, she became the 1,185th person and 198th woman to swim across the English Channel, although it was not an easy or traditional journey getting there…

2)    At the age of 13, Deborah’s father tragically died due to drowning in a freak accident, leaving Deborah reluctant to even go near open water. However, inspired by the 2012 Olympics, wanting to get fit and overcome her demons, she started swimming and set herself a challenge – to swim the English Channel. With her training ramping her, she was soon swimming the 7 miles stretch across the Solent, then two-way 14 mile version the following year, before, in the lead up and training schedule of the Channel swim, she was diagnosed with pneumonia.

3)    After months of recovery, hard work and gruelling training, in 2017 Deborah swam the English Channel in a time of 17 hours 53 minutes, fighting through enormous waves, tough currents and jellyfish stings along the way. A magnificent achievement itself, Deborah’s Channel swim alone raised over £11,031.55 for 5 different charities, with all her long distance swims totalling £20,768 raised. Interested in hearing more of Deborah’s story? She is available for motivational talks, coaching and more, and you can contact her here.

4)    From Portsmouth Football Club, Sophie Hall – Sponsorship and Account Manager – and Shaun Whitmarsh – Marketing Manager – were on hand to provide delegates with the latest information about hospitality and sponsorship opportunities available for upcoming games at Fratton Park. Interested? You can find more information here.

5)    The final Network Pompey Business Club event of the year is the December networking lunch, taking place on Thursday 13th December, 12.30pm-2.30pm, at Fratton Park. Bookings are already open and can be made here.

Network Pompey Business Club is part of the Network My Club group, and details of other upcoming events mentioned at the meeting are:

Network Oval Business Club – The Kia Oval – Thursday 22nd November

Network Hampshire Business Club - The Ageas Bowl, Southampton - Friday 30th November

Network Albion Business Club - Brighton & Hove Albion FC - Thursday 6th December

Network My Club at Goodwood - The Kennels (Goodwood Estate) - Friday 7th December