Press Release: 12-10-01
Disabled Explorer To Kayak Off Coast Of Antarctica
Disabled explorer Glenn Shaw is all set to fulfil a lifetime ambition
- to kayak off the coast of Antarctica. By anyone's standards an
ambitious project, the single detail that makes this venture all
the more remarkable is that when he's not in his kayak, Glenn is
confined to a wheelchair (or 'snowmobile', as Glenn calls his custom-built
Glenn suffers from a medical condition known as 'brittle bones'.
He knows that the slightest knock can result in a broken limb. A
simple fall might kill him outright. But Glenn is an adventurer,
and treats his physical handicap as simply one more difficulty to
Glenn is drawing up his expedition plans with the assistance of
former British Antarctic Survey Base Commander, Paul Rose. His support
vessel is being operated by seasoned Antarctican Greg Mortimer,
the first Australian to climb Everest and K2.
Glenn will be setting out for the frozen continent in December.
He hopes to take to the (rather chilly) waters around Antarctica
at Christmas. Glenn is also planning to camp on the Antarctic Peninsula
during the course of the expedition. He will be posting regular
updates at www.glennshaw.com/South
before and during the voyage.
"I've wanted to kayak amongst the penguins for years,"
Glenn enthuses. "Now, thanks to a Winston Churchill Memorial
Trust Fellowship I have been able to turn my dream into reality."
Glenn's previous adventures have included a trek in the Himalaya,
four attempts to cross Canada's Continental Divide using huskies,
and a solo canoe voyage through British Columbia and Alberta. A
Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, Glenn is a past recipient
of a ski scholarship from the American National Sports Centre For
The Disabled. He has also worked with Brunel University's Research
and Development Team to test and develop kayaking equipment for
fellow disabled explorers.