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[NOTICE] KPL May Book of the Month: "Exceeding Yourself". Rock Climbing Team of Shoushan Junior High School to Demonstrate How to Push to the Limits and Make Dreams Come True!
Date:2020-05-27
:多元文化部



 

KPL May Book of the Month: "Exceeding Yourself". Rock Climbing Team of Shoushan Junior High School to Demonstrate How to Push to the Limits and Make Dreams Come True!
 

    In view of the fact that many people have been affected by the pandemic, KPL recommends “Exceeding Yourself” by Marin Minamiya, the youngest Grand Slam Explorer at 20 years old. We hope our readers can develop their mental power by means of the author's experience. We invited the rock climbing team of Shoushan Junior High School to make a short film with us. We filmed their training routines and how they overcame challenges and difficulties by gaining confidence from rock climbing.


Minamiya was born in 1996. She was determined to summit Mt. Everest at a young age of 17. She spent 18 months summiting the highest mountains on the seven continents. In 2016, aged 19 years and 5 months, she became the youngest Japanese to summit Mt. Everest. In the same year, she set the record of being the youngest Japanese to summit the top 7 highest mountains in the world. In 2017, Minamiya landed on the North and South Pole and conquered the Explorer’s Grand Slam. Exceeding Yourself depicts the author's life, in which mountains have always played an essential part. It also shows the immensity of nature and the insignificance of human beings with a touch of Minamiya's passion.


The accompanying video clip was made at Shoushan Junior High School. It shows the training routines of the rock climbing team and how rock climbing helps the team members exceed themselves. The rock climbing team of Shoushan Junior High School is coached by Lin, Jin-nan. Since the start of the team in 2007, it has won two consecutive national championships. A team member said she used to be afraid of failures. However, she has learned to embrace failures before successes since she joined the rock climbing team. One of the team members came from Serbia with his mother. He said every time he fails to climb up, he immediately thinks about choosing an alternative climbing route so that he can reach the summit. In addition to allowing him to overcome his own limitations, rock climbing also helps him bravely face the challenges of living and studying abroad. Coach Lin pointed out the training is a hard and painful process. All the team members have to fall again and again before reaching a summit. They also appreciate the hardships they must endure in order to climb higher. Through rock climbing, all the members have realized that success is no accident. In order to taste the flavor of success, one must go through many difficulties and complications.


Director of Bureau of Cultural Affairs Lucile Lin said the training for rock climbing of the students in Kaohsiung allows readers to identify with Marin Minamiya whose strong will has made the impossible possible. We also invited Chan Chiao-yu, who is the second Taiwanese female who summited Mt. Everest, to join the guided reading session. Chan is also the first female professional climber who has summited the 4th, the 5th and the 8th highest mountains in the world in Taiwan. Welcome to join us on May 23rd at 2: 30 p.m.

 

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Updated2020-06-01 AM 09:25:11
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