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An international Antarctic expedition is looking for a woman from Jamaica to join the all female Commonwealth Women’s Antarctic Expedition team, skiing to the South Pole next year.
The woman selected to join the expedition will become the first Jamaican to ski to the South Pole. Expedition Leader, Felicity Aston said while they were not looking for a Super athlete, the lucky woman selected would spend 30 to 50 days sleeping in tents on the ice in temperatures that could go down to minus 30 degrees Celsius.
The deadline for applications from Jamaica is September 26. The interviews will be held in Kingston on October 18, for the prospective Jamaican team member.
Application forms and more information on the expedition can be found on the expedition’s website. www.commonwealthexpetition.com
Ms. Aston, who met with Jamaican High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Burchell Whiteman yesterday (July 9), told JIS News that the woman selected would need to have a determination to succeed and a passion for adventure.
Ms. Aston is an experienced Polar expedition leader, who led the first British women’s crossing of Greenland. She also worked for three years with the British Antarctic Survey in Antarctica.
All of these qualities will be necessary as the expedition members will be pulling sledges full of food, fuel, and equipment weighing 80 kilograms for some 500 miles, while battling though snowstorms and avoiding treacherous crevasses hidden beneath the snow.
The Jamaican woman should not worry as the island is not the only warm weather country being invited to participate, as women from other Commonwealth countries, such as Ghana, India, Singapore, Brunei Darussalam, and New Zealand will also be part of the team.
Ms. Aston said that applications are already coming in from women in Ghana and India.