Jörg Bondzio, FRGS – Managing Director – Sporting Scotland Limited & Sporting Wilderness Limited
Jörg served in the High Mountain Ranger Platoon in the German Army, specialising in ski mountain rescue and survival with extensive mountain experience in the Alps.
After his military service, he studied forestry at Weihenstephan and his sporting interests included competitive catamaran dart sailing and skiing. He was a certified ski leader and participated in the World and European Championships in the Dart Catamaran sailing category. These outdoor pursuits gave Jörg a lifelong interest in adventure, travel and expeditions world wide. In 1985, he moved to East Africa to train the mountain rescue teams of Mount Kilimanjaro National Park in Tanzania. Over the next 10 years, he guided many expeditions to Mt Kenya and Kilimanjaro’s summits, including the internationally renowned Mombasa to Kilimanjaro trek for Save the Rhino International. During this time, Jörg worked in Tanzania and Kenya as a safari and expedition guide for Ker & Downey Safaris and The Legendary Adventure Company. Later, Jörg and his wife, Fiona established their safari company, Sporting Wilderness Limited. In 1996, Jörg and Fiona moved to the highlands of Scotland, where they established Sporting Scotland Limited.
Team Building and Adventure – Keith Dickinson
Keith has been active in outdoor pursuits since 1974 and is highly qualified in a number of disciplines. He completed a successful career in the Royal Air Force, where he worked in Joint Service and RAF Outdoor Centres both as an instructor and Chief Instructor. During his military career he was closely involved in Leadership training, personal development training and team building skills, which he has adapted commercially. He now works as a freelance instructor and is a member of the Association of Mountain Instructors. He has led expeditions to the Pyrenees, French Alps, South East Asia and trekking/climbing expeditions to the Himalayas. He is a holder of the Mountain Instructor Certificate, British Canoe Union Coach (Level5 Kayak & Level 3 Canoe), British Association of Snow Instructor (Alpine Skiing), British Cycle Federation Trail Leader, RAF Survival Instructor, trainer and assessor for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme for 20 years and is currently Deputy Chairperson of Grampian Wild Country Panel. In recent years he has successfully completed a crossing of Scotland by canoe and has cycled from Lands End to John O’Groats and across the USA.
Team Building & Adventure – Malcolm Lee MBE
Malcolm’s freelance career in adventure activities has spanned 30 years, during which time he has been chief instructor and director of several large outdoor centres delivering outdoor activities, leadership, personal development and survival training. He instructed for many years at Royal Air Force and Joint Service Outdoor Centres in UK & Norway. Chief Instructor at the the Joint School for Adventure Training Instructors Llanrst 1980-84. He served on the parachute school as officer Commanding military free fall training and staff officer overseeing training and policy for adventure training in the RAF Outdoor Centre Grantown-on-Spey. He holds the prestigious Mountain Instructor’s Certificate, is a British Canoe Union Coach in kayaking, open boating and sea kayaking. He is also a Trail Cycle Leader and a member of the British Association of Snow Instructor’s (Alpine).He has led expeditions to the high mountains in Europe, Scandinavia and the USA, and has recently made several long cycle journeys across and down the length of America.
Shooting & Stalking – John Allan
After a military career in the army, John has worked as a Deer Manager for most of his career. He is an authority in the field and runs a deer management school, where he trains deer managers, novice sportsmen and shots on a range of certified courses. John also takes out stalking clients of all abilities for roe deer and red deer in Speyside as well as Sutherland. John is also a skilled shotgun instructor and has won many shooting competitions throughout the Uk and is the ideal instructor for novice guns.
Highland Games – Neil McKenzie
Neil McKenzie, the consultant for Sporting Scotland’s highland games events has competed in Highland Games all over world in both hemispheres from Indonesia to Russia, and he organises his own games in Scotland. His throwing honours include, Champion in Jakarta 2007, Glenisla 2005, Strathardle 2006 and he holds many individual ground records in hammer throw to this day. He is currently the Scottish and British Champion in the Tug O War. At 5’11” and a trim 100Kg, Neil is one of the smaller athletes in this discipline but consequently one of the fastest!
Fly Fishing – Ian Gordon
Ian is an expert in Spey Casting and teaches and demonstrates the sport in Scotland, as well as Europe, America and Japan. He holds the Salmon and Trout Association National Instructors Certificate, and the STANIC Master Spey Casting Instructor Certificate.
He has been a Spey Casting Champion in international competitions including the Musto International Event and the Jimmy Green International Spey Casting Competition. Ian worked as a professional ghillie on Knockando beat on the River Spey for 19 years and was consultant for Hardy Greys. Ian also has now his own company, which offers specialised tuition to novice and advanced casters, as well as using traditional teaching and assessment methods, Ian has developed a digital analysis tool to evaluate and optimise the client’s fishing performance.
Other members of the team