YOUNGSTERS from Bromsgrove Prep School were given an insight into crossing the Antarctic by two members of the ‘Ice Maidens’ – the first all-women team to accomplish it, writes Gabija Alseikaite.
Sandy Hennis and Sophie Montagne were among the six-strong team of courageous skiers who completed their 670mile journey a fortnight ahead of their planned schedule.
The two British Army Reservists shared the skills they had gained in their military roles with the other four women during the expedition where they battled temperatures as low as – 56C and faced 60mph winds.
A spokesperson for the school said: “Sandy and Sophie were able to emphasise to pupils the resilience needed and the teamwork required to achieve this remarkable feat.
“They shared the high and low points of the trip and achieved their mission to inspire the next generation of adventurers.
“They showed that ordinary women could achieve something extraordinary with a little dose of self-belief, a bit of training and a lot of determination.”
Following the expedition, the team broke three World Records and had their story told on several news channels across the world, including Australia, South Africa, Norway and France.
The pupils were mesmerised by the stamina, courage and strength of the skiers and inspired to take on similar challenges but on a smaller scale.