|Kaddy is delighted to be presenting Inside Out|
First of all Kaddy isn't actually my real name. It's Kathryn. But
'Kaddy' came from the time when my family lived in Saudi Arabia.
were out there for 12 years and every time we came back to England, when I met
someone new, I called myself "Princess Kadina of the Middle East". So,
it naturally got shortened to Kaddy.
This whole charade obviously only
worked up to a certain age - there are only so many gullible 14-year-olds out
there, but the name 'Kaddy' stuck with friends and now I'm used to it too!
I didn't start out as a presenter at all, in fact
weather was my first love.
Moving around a lot as a child I developed a
rather geeky love of the weather.
|Kaddy first appeared on our screens presenting the weather
for South East Today|
My dad was a fighter pilot and taught
me about meteorology and the sky from when I was a wee whipper-snapper and I became
So I studied meteorology at Reading Uni for three years and then
went on to do a year and a half extra study after my degree to become a fully
qualified weather forecaster with the Met Office - studying for the hardest exams
I've ever had to do in my life!
But I got through it and was then able
to work out the best places to go for my weekends - very useful in this country!
I then went on to various forecasting jobs - forecasting for Harrier planes
at an operational RAF base, forecasting for gas and electricity companies, football
teams, horse/pigeon racing competitions and gritter lorries on icy nights.
in September 2001, I got the job that I'd always wanted - doing the weather for
the telly on South East Today - and I love it!
Inside Out and about in
|"It's so surprising to find that so many weird and wacky
things are going on right on our doorsteps!" |
My job here is primarily weather, but I've been
very lucky at being able to do lifestyle, tourism and environmental stories as
well and I soon wanted to expand into more of a presenting role.
Inside Out is a dream come true for me right now because it
means I can spend the half of the week when I'm not doing the weather for South
East Today filming stories that are important to our region.
I'm only on
my first series but the variety is amazing!
The people I'm meeting are
wonderful, the stories are really interesting and it's so surprising to find that
so many weird and wacky things are going on right on our doorsteps!
that's the programme's aim - to make these come to life in your living room.
up for a challenge
On a more personal level my hobbies involve cycling,
hiking, exploring, science, wildlife, overseas travel and I'm also constantly
trying to stay fit!
|The Andes - Stunning scenery but would you fancy cycling
up those mountains?|
I've got a yearning to improve my snowboarding
skills, take up drum lessons and see the aurora borealis before we hit 2006!
also done a number of challenges for charities - some successful, some painful
(don't mention Ecuador!) and tend to find the word 'No' is just something that
involves being in an oyster bar.
I've cycled over 500km across the Andes,
climbed a total of 28,000ft on my bike across Mexico from the Atlantic to Pacific
coast (both for Macmillan Cancer Relief).
I've cycled to all 10 stadia for
Euro 2004 across Portugal (covering a distance of 800km for Cystic Fibrosis) and
burnt my toes walking across fire for a local hospice.
I have even done
a 13,000ft freefall parachute jump (NB. NOT tandem!) just to prove that my vertigo
wasn't going to beat me!
Catch Kaddy on Mondays, 7.30pm, BBC One.