Kaspersky Commonwealth Antarctic Expedition

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The Kaspersky Commonwealth Antarctic Expedition was a Commonwealth of Nations expedition in which seven women from six Commonwealth member countries skied to the South Pole in 2009 to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the founding of the Commonwealth.[1][2] They had been selected among over 800 candidates.[3]

It took the expedition 38 days to reach the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station, skiing six to ten hours a day, covering an average of 24 km a day. In total, they covered 904 km. They reached their destination on December 29.[4][5]

The team took a day off on Christmas Day. Team leader Felicity Aston, of the United Kingdom, explained: "Half of the team don’t usually celebrate Christmas so the others are having great fun teaching them Christmas songs and explaining why they have to hang their smelly socks outside the tent on Christmas Eve".[6]

The expedition marked several firsts. Era Al-Sufri, Reena Kaushal Dharmshaktu, Sophia Pang, Stephanie Solomonides and Kylie Wakelin were, respectively, the first Bruneian woman, the first Indian woman, the first Singaporean woman, the first Cypriot and the first New Zealand woman to ski to the South Pole.[7][8][9][10][11][12]

Expedition members[edit]

Completed the trek[edit]

Pulled out[edit]

  •  Ghana - Barbara Yanney. Contracted malaria before departure. Recovered, but was unable to take part.[15]
  •  Jamaica - Kim-Marie Spence. Pulled out on the third day, due to frostbite on her fingers.[16]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sept femmes arrivent au Pôle Sud après un trek de 900 km", Nouvel Observateur, December 31, 2009
  2. ^ "Women complete 562-mile ski journey to South Pole", Los Angeles Times, December 31, 2009
  3. ^ "First Cypriot to reach the South Pole", Cyprus Mail, January 1, 2010
  4. ^ "Sept femmes arrivent au Pôle Sud après un trek de 900 km", Nouvel Observateur, December 31, 2009
  5. ^ "Women complete 562-mile ski journey to South Pole", Los Angeles Times, December 31, 2009
  6. ^ "Commonwealth Antarctic team celebrates Xmas", Aziz Idris, Brunei FM, December 25, 2009
  7. ^ "Era Becomes First Bruneian To Reach South Pole", Aziz Idris, BruDirect, December 31, 2009
  8. ^ "First S'pore woman to reach South Pole", Grace Chua, Straits Times, December 31, 2009
  9. ^ "Delhi girl becomes first Indian woman to ski to South Pole", Times of India, January 1, 2010
  10. ^ "Kiwi woman celebrates South Pole trek". One News. December 31, 2009. Retrieved October 8, 2011. 
  11. ^ "Delhiite is first Indian woman to ski to South Pole", The Hindu, January 1, 2010
  12. ^ "First Cypriot to reach the South Pole", Cyprus Mail, January 1, 2010
  13. ^ "Sept femmes arrivent au Pôle Sud après un trek de 900 km", Nouvel Observateur, December 31, 2009
  14. ^ "Women complete 562-mile ski journey to South Pole", Los Angeles Times, December 31, 2009
  15. ^ "Women complete 562-mile ski journey to South Pole", Los Angeles Times, December 31, 2009
  16. ^ "Women complete 562-mile ski journey to South Pole", Los Angeles Times, December 31, 2009