COMPLETED ON MONDAY 22 APRIL at 1am
23 April 2013: Australian Cheryl Bart has completed her quest to ski the North Pole – becoming the first Australian female and the 31st person in the world to complete the revered Explorers Grand Slam. The Explorers Grand Slam is an adventurer’s challenge to reach the North Pole, the South Pole and all of the Seven Summits – the highest peaks of every continent in the world.
No stranger to record-breaking feats, on May 24 2008 the mother of two completed the 7 Summits with her daughter Nikki. Cheryl and Nikki became the first-ever mother-daughter team to reach the summit of the world’s tallest mountain, Mt Everest. Upon reaching the top, they also became the first mother-daughter duo to complete the Seven Summits.
Of the 3,500 or so people that have to date climbed Mt Everest (8,848m), approximately only 10% of those are women.
Cheryl was never a sports fanatic or even an adventurer before attempting the Seven Summits. When she is not mountaineering or hanging out with polar bears, Cheryl is a lawyer and company director.
Her board appointments include Chairman of ANZ Trustees, member of Local Organising Committee AFC Asian Cup Australia 2015 Ltd and director of the Australian Himalayan Foundation. She is a non-executive Director on a number of boards including the ABC, Spark Infrastructure Ltd and ETSA Utilities. Past Chairperson positions include South Australian Film Corporation, Environment Protection Authority (EPA, SA) and Founding Chairman of Adelaide Film Festival. She was also Director of the Economic Development Board (South Australia) from 2002 – 2008.
In 2009, Cheryl was awarded Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for service to the economy and cultural development in South Australia, work with welfare organisations and contribution to sport. In 2008, she received the Australian Geographic ‘Spirit of Australia’ for being the first mother–daughter team in the world to climb the Seven Summits, including Mt Everest.
Cheryl supported two charities in her quest: the Australian Himalayan Foundation and the Chris O’Brien Lifehouse – a new cancer-only hospital in Sydney’s Camperdown which opens in September. The Chris O’Brien Lifehouse at RPA will provide a holistic model of care to people living with cancer.
Cheryl embarked on her journey to the North Pole on 14 April, reaching true north at 1am, 22 April. She will be available for interviews this week following her departure from the North Pole.
For images and further information visit Cheryl’s blog: http://www.cherylbart.net.
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