It may seem a surprise to know that—to the best of our knowledge—there has never before been a sporting event between the United World Colleges. Perhaps the reason is something about a preference for collaboration rather than competition; possibly it is just the tyranny of distance. Regardless, it all changed this summer when four of the colleges came together for the inaugural UWC Sailing Regatta hosted in Wales at UWC Atlantic College (UWC AC). And whilst competition per se may not be deeply embedded in the educational tradition we inherit from Kurt Hahn, sailing certainly is.
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Ian Tymms, BA (Hons), Dip Ed, M.Ed joined UWCSEA in August 2012 to teach Middle School English and Humanities. He has been involved in the UWCSEA Curriculum Articulation Project and in the adoption of the “Workshop” approach to teaching literacy in the Middle School at East.
Ian grew up in Australia and studied English literature and Psychology at Melbourne University, with postgraduate studies at The University of Tasmania and Deakin University. Ian’s Masters research focussed on school cultures.
At the end of Grade 12, Ian was offered a scholarship to complete a 32 day Outward Bound course and he went on to work for Outward Bound Australia as an instructor. From this experience, Ian has retained a lifelong interest in Outdoor Education and Hahnian ideals. Ian has a passion for sailing and spends many of his holidays hiking in Austria or Australia with his wife, Sharon, and their two children.