Driven by pas­sion

Australian Geographic - - Your Society -

THIS YEAR’S AWARD win­ners are a truly amaz­ing col­lec­tion of in­di­vid­u­als. We have three coura­geous ad­ven­tur­ers who re­fused to be beaten by in­jury and ill­ness and sol­diered on to achieve goals that would chal­lenge even the fittest of the fit among the rest of us. Syd Kirkby didn’t let child­hood po­lio dampen his ad­ven­tur­ous spirit back in those pi­o­neer­ing days in Antarc­tica. Steve Plain and Paul Pritchard came back from life-chang­ing ac­ci­dents to con­quer moun­tains.

Also fly­ing in the face of ex­pec­ta­tion are our young awardees, school stu­dents Sophia Skarparis and Jade Hameis­ter, who prove that age is no bar­rier to mak­ing a dif­fer­ence in the realms of ad­ven­ture and con­ser­va­tion. Their pas­sion and de­ter­mi­na­tion is shared by At­ti­cus Flem­ing and the three gen­tle­men of the Num­bat Task­force whose com­mit­ment to con­ser­va­tion in Western Aus­tralia is hav­ing a pos­i­tive im­pact on a host of na­tive species un­der pres­sure.

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