A diminutive 5’3,” and a mother, Rosie Stancer is not built in the image of Scott, Shackleton and Amundsen.
Memorably described by one journalist as “a cross between Tinkerbell and the Terminator,” Rosie’s appearance belies the inner strength that has so successfully propelled her to previous polar success. Her achievements are testimony to the fact that dreams can be realised through skill, determination and courage.
Rosie is a director for the charity Special Olympics GB, which seeks to provide sports training and competition in a variety of Olympic-style events for people with learning disabilities. The charity provides continuing opportunities for people to develop their physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of skills, gifts and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.
In addition to helping her charity, which currently works with 5,000 children and adults in the UK, Rosie’s expeditions have relevance to the wider community as she gathers environmental data and undertakes physiological research while on the ice.
Polar history plays its part in Rosie’s family background.
Rosie’s grandfather, the Earl Granville, had ambitions to explore the Antarctic and was selected for Captain Robert Falcon Scott’s 1911-12 expedition. However, the 6’4” naval officer was wired only weeks before departure and informed that he was too tall for the expedition tents.
Furthermore, he was told, his large frame would require extra rations.
These are not obstacles likely to stand in Rosie’s way.
Less than five years later, Rosie’s grandfather- in-law, Sir James Wordie, embarked on the great 1914-1917 TransAntarctic Expedition
led by Sir Ernest Shackleton.
For more information on the expedition, please contact Radha Burgess, Expedition Manager.
Tel no: +44 1206 330180
Email Radha Burgess