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15 Mar 2022
Captain Preet Chandi

Last week, on International Women’s Day, the L4 and Remove girls got an exciting visit from Captain Preet Chandi, who is the first woman of colour to ski solo to the South Pole.

"To prepare for this incredible journey, Preet had to complete an intense training programme which involved working out six days a week over two and a half years. Preet’s exercise regime involved two cardio sessions twice a week on an exercise bike, and strength training so she could pull a pulk (a long-slung, small sledge). She carried two tyres around practically everywhere she went.            

Preet had to pack 48 days’ worth of food, drinks, and equipment. When Preet was talking to us she said packing the food was extremely difficult as you had to take everything out of the original packaging and cut it up, so it wasn’t as heavy, and it was easier to eat.

One of the hardest challenges Preet faced was raising money for the expedition as it was going to be very expensive. Sadly, she could not find any sponsors to help fund her trip. Eventually the money came from an online fundraiser - half of it would go towards medical, training, and logistical expenses and the other half towards adventure grants for women."

Charlotte and Stella, Lower 4

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