Presenter, naturalist, adventurer, explorer and OS Get Outside Champion, Dwayne Fields will be joining us at this year's Top of the Gorge festival.
Presenter, naturalist, adventurer, explorer, OS Get Outside Champion. Born in Jamaica, Dwayne came to the UK aged six. His formative years were spent in inner-city London where, caught up in the world of street gangs, he became a victim of both knife and gun crime.
After a life-threatening incident he made the decision to change his life and embarked on a course that reawakened a love of nature and wildlife he recalled from his early life in the forests and hilltops of Jamaica.
In 2010, Dwayne successfully completed the first of many challenges: becoming the first black Briton to walk over 400 miles to the magnetic North Pole. On his return he was invited to Buckingham Palace, joining other polar explorers and adventurers at a reception to mark the centenary of Scott's expedition to the South Pole.
Since then he has embraced a life full of adventure, en route actively engaging with and inspiring many kids from various backgrounds to explore the outdoors.
Dwayne has been awarded the Freedom of the City of London for his work with young people, and his mission continues as he attempts to engage citybound youth with the countryside.
At the Top of the Gorge, Dwayne will do a talk about his journey to be different covering his life leading up to and including the expedition to the North Pole.