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    Determination enabled feat, says Bruneian who explored Antarctic

    Daniel Lim

    Dayangku Najibah Eradah binti Pengiran Ahmad Mahdi Al-Sufri, one of the first Bruneian females to explore Antarctica, said the determination to succeed made it possible to achieve the feat.

    “The passion for adventure and the determination to succeed helped me do it,” she said when asked “why she did it” by Years 5 and 6 students of International School Brunei (ISB), Kuala Belait.

    Dayangku Najibah visited ISB in Kuala Belait to deliver a talk on August 30 which saw 13 students from both year groups participating.

    Dayangku Najibah, recalling how her adventure began, said she saw a report in a newspaper requesting Bruneian females to join the all-female Antarctic ski-trip on July 12, 2008.

    She said a year later, she and seven other participants from around the world, including from Cyprus, Ghana, Jamaica, the United Kingdom, New Zealand and Singapore were in New Zealand to start their pre-practice training which continued for six months. Dayangku Najibah said she and the other team members arrived in Antarctica after the training.

    She also recalled that after 56 days in the Antarctica, the team reached the South Pole on December 28, 2009 at 11.09pm.

    Following her adventure, she has since raised funds to travel to England, fly to Norway and New Zealand to begin ‘snow’ training, ending with a trip to New York for a press conference.

    Dayangku Najibah Eradah binti Pengiran Ahmad Mahdi Al-Sufri during her talk at International School Brunei (ISB), Kuala Belait. PHOTO: ISB KB
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