Era is going to the South Pole!
Congratulations to Era! If all goes well, she will be the first Bruneian to reach the South Pole come New Year’s Day next year. I hope she will help to promote the environmental issues and climate change maybe, as she has promosed when she first entered to join the selection last year
Now that the eight members have been selected, the team lead by 31-year old Felicity Aston will first meet HM The Queen during the Commonwealth Day which falls on Monday, 9 March 2009 when Brunei and other Muslim countries celebrate the birthday of Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him).
Read the full release below.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Saturday 28th February 2009
Team selected for Commonwealth Women’s Antarctic Expedition.
Seven women from around the Commonwealth are one step closer to their
goal of skiing to the south pole following a gruelling selection
process in Norway. After enduring temperatures of minus 17 degrees C
and towing sledges full of logs, the seven from Brunei, Cyprus,
Ghana, India, Jamaica, New Zealand, and Singapore have been chosen to
form the Commonwealth Women’s Antarctic Expedition.
“I was ecstatic when I heard I’d be selected to go” said Stephanie
Solomonides, 26 from Cyprus who prior to this week had never camped
on snow before. “The most difficult challenge ahead will be training
once we return to our own countries. We’ll have to work hard to keep
First stop on the route to the pole will be a chance to meet Her
Majesty the Queen, Head of the Commonwealth, at a reception at
Malborough House, London. The expedition team will be presented to
the Queen as part of the Commonwealth Day celebrations, which this
year mark the 60th anniversary of the association.
“The fantastic group of women that took part this week have made
choosing the final 7 really difficult,” said expedition leader
Felicity Aston, 31. “They have not had it easy during our week on the
Hardangervidda, with early starts and long days of skiing in testing
weather conditions, so I know I’ve got a solid team for our journey
to the South Pole”
The expedition will be officially launched on the 10th March at the
Commonwealth Club, before setting off to Antarctica in November 2009.
Braving crevasses, blizzards and towing a 100kg sledges, the team aim
to reach to South Pole on New Years Day.
The full team selected are:
Felecity Aston, 31, Expedition Leader, from the UK
Najibah Era binti P.A.M. Al-Sufri, 25 from Brunei
Stephanie Solomonides, 26 from Cyprus
Barbara Yanny, 29 from Ghana
Reena Kaushal Dharmshaktu, 38 from India
Kim Marie Spance, 30, from Jamaica
Charmaine Tate, a 33 Army doctor from New Zealand
Sophia Pang, a 36 year old mother of three from Singapore.
The women from Brunei, Cyprus, Ghana and Jamaica will be the first
person from their nation to ski to the South Pole. Those from India,
Singapore and New Zealand will be the first women from their country
to do so.
All our prayers with you Era. Congratulations again!
To Aniza, you rock lady! Don’t be disheartened and all the best with your future undertakings.