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Helena trained as a P.E teacher at I.M Marsh College of Physical Education (now part of John Moores University). and has taught in both primary and secondary schools, as well as lecturing in the outdoor education department of Bangor Normal College (now part of Bangor University).
She also has an advanced diploma in Outdoor Education, and worked as an instructor in a local authority Outdoor Education Centre in Snowdonia. She is a past chair of the Anglesey Outdoor Forum and has represented the British Orienteering Federation on the Plas-y-Brenin Management Committee.
She has worked as the Active Young People Officer for Anglesey, and been responsible for the PESS (P.E in School Sport) , DragonSport and 5 x 60 schemes.
She is a keen orienteer, a past Chair of the Welsh Orienteering Association (2006 - 2011) and past Chair of the Eryri Orienteers, the local orienteering club. She was one third of the British Relay Champions team in her age category in 2011, has been Welsh Champion in her age class on a number of occasions, as well as representing Wales in the Veteran Home Internationals.
She holds the (old) BOF Level 4 Coaching accreditation, was lead coach for the Welsh Juniors Squad for a number of years, and was manager for one of the British Orienteering summer coaching camps in Scotland. She represented Wales on the British Orienteering Development Committee and Coaching Committee and in 2012 she was Safety Officer for the major week long orienteering event held every four years in Wales. She has planned courses for numerous events including the Senior Home International Relays.
She was an accredited tutor and assessor for the British Orienteering's "Teaching Orienteering" and UKCC Orienteering courses and tutor for their "Event Safety Workshops", an internal verifier for British Orienteering and an independent assessor for the IAPS (Introduction to Assessment Practice in Sport) qualification. She has also worked as an assessor for British Orienteering’s Outdoor Centre accreditation scheme.
Oliver studied archaeology at Cardiff University before going on to do research in Anglo-Saxon numismatics at New College, Oxford. He has subsequently done a PGCE course at Bangor University, and is a trained science teacher.
A keen climber, he worked as an instructor at Plas-y-Brenin when first moving to Snowdonia, and later worked for many years as manager of Joe Brown’s climbing shop in Llanberis so provides the business experience for the partnership.
He also is the mapper, runs the permanent course marker part of the business, looks after the I.T (including this website) as well as working as a course tutor.
Celtica Mapping is a partnership run by Helena and Oliver Burrows. Between them they have a century of outdoor experience! The partnership was set up in 2009, and they are now semi-retired.
Helena and daughter coming off Crib Goch north ridge c.2001
On the Snowdon Horseshoe c.2001
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