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Description - My Polar Dream by Jade Hameister

Fourteen-year-old Jade Hameister had a dream: to complete the Polar Hat Trick.

In 2016, she skied to the North Pole.
In 2017, she completed the Greenland Crossing.
In 2018, she arrived at the South Pole.

This is the story of an adventurer who never gave up - who set herself incredible challenges beyond her years and experience. An adventurer who endured extremes of cold and blizzards; tackled treacherous terrain where one wrong step could be fatal; struggled through sastrugi, ice rubble and emotional lows to achieve an extraordinary goal.

Along the way, she made a sandwich for online trolls, inspired young people, and made international headlines.

At sixteen, Jade Hameister became the youngest person in history to complete the Polar Hat Trick.

Jade is:
*The youngest person to ski from the coast of Antarctica to South Pole unsupported and unassisted
* The first Australian woman in history to ski coast to Pole unsupported and unassisted
* The first woman to set a new route to the South Pole
* The youngest to ski to both Poles
* The youngest to complete the Polar Hat Trick.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781760554774
Format: Paperback / softback
(232mm x 155mm x 20mm)
Pages: 240
Imprint: Macmillan Australia
Publisher: Pan Macmillan Australia
Publish Date: 11-Sep-2018
Country of Publication: Australia

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Book Review: My Polar Dream by Jade Hameister - Reviewed by (29 Sep 2018)

Jade Hameister is the youngest person to complete the Polar hat-trick – skiing to the North Pole, crossing Greenland coast to coast and skiing from the coast of Antarctica to the South Pole.

From an early age, adventure was just a regular part of family life for jade, climbing Mt Kosciuszko at age 6 and climbing to Everest Base Camp with her family at age 12. These trips instilled a sense of adventure in Jade and she had dreams of bigger and better conquests. With the support of her parents her Polar hat-trick dream evolved.

Life wasn’t all winning, as Jade tells how she missed out on School Captain. She didn’t take this as a failure but as a spur to keep striving.

Jade is honest in her account. The training was gruelling and makes you physically fit for the trip but the mental hardships were problems that could only be faced on the trip.

It’s who you become from pushing through the pain and suffering and achieving your goal. Back spasms, blisters on feet, and sunburn made the trek difficult enough but add nose bleeds and light headedness, not many people would push on under these conditions.

“The suffering wasn’t something to avoid, but to relish as an opportunity to reinvent ourselves.”

The story includes facts about the North Pole, Greenland, the South Pole and how we can help to save our planet. Jade is a tireless advocate of climate change and she is passionate about empowering women.

Jade talks about personal issues, such as toileting with no privacy and in temperatures down to -50°C, with a sense of self mocking fun. The tears, anger and arguments with her father as they lived in close quarters for days on end and how she dealt with the internet trolls are also included.

"It’s so easy nowadays to get sucked into distractions like our phones and miss what is really going on around us and in our minds. It was a really good opportunity for me to learn something about myself.”

When you’ve achieved such extraordinary goals and see your dreams become reality can ever live an ‘ordinary’ life again? Does the everyday become mundane? Jade admits not having a new adventure to work towards has left her in a lull, but she is ready to move on. She plans on continuing her efforts to empower young women and inspire young people to choose bravery over perfection and to raise awareness of climate change. My Polar Dream is a truly inspiring and educational story suitable for all ages. I can’t wait to see what Jade does next!

*I received a copy from the publisher and chose to write a review.

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