Theresa Goh Rui Si is a Singaporean swimmer and Paralympic medalist. She has competed in four consecutive summer Paralympic games. From a wide-eyed 17-year old in Athens 2004, to facing bitter disappointment in Beijing 2008, recalibrating in London 2012, and finally winning a bronze medal in the 100 metre breaststroke (SB4) in Rio in 2016, Theresa has dedicated years of effort to her sport. Theresa was born with congenital spina bifida, and is deaf in one ear. She started swimming at the age of five, and taking part in competitions by age 12. She has won medals at many events, including the ASEAN ParaGames, the World Wheelchair Games and the International Paralympic Committee World Swimming Championships.
Eef De Boeck is a Belgian adventurer and sled dog guide, or ‘musher’, based in Sweden. After studying history and political science at Stockholm University in Sweden, Eef decided to move to Lapland, where she first encountered the magic of Scandinavia’s wintry north. In 2014, Eef and her partner Per Jonas, or ‘PJ’, decided to walk New Zealand’s rugged Te Araroa trail, 3000 kilometres from Cape Reinga on the North Island to Bluff on the South Island. The journey took Eef six months and proved to be a transformative experience in her life. Not yet thirty, Eef is hungry for more adventures, and plans to hike across Nepal from the eastern to western-most point in 2017. She is also an advocate for wider access to better quality outdoor gear and equipment made specifically for women. One day Eef hopes to run a mountain hiking company and have a team of her own sled dogs in Norway.
Elsie Seriat is the first woman from Thursday Island—a small community, located approximately 39 kilometres north of Australia’s Cape York Peninsula in the Torres Strait, Queensland—to complete the New York Marathon. She achieved this feat after being selected to take part in the Indigenous Marathon Project, founded by Rob de Castella,
San Francisco-based Kiwi, Kim Chambers, is a long-distance, open-water swimmer, and one of only six people in the world to have completed the Oceans Seven challenge. It took a freak accident at the age of thirty and the unraveling of life-as-she-knew-it to introduce Kim to her spiritual home on the open water.
In 2015, Kim became the first woman to swim the thirty miles between San Francisco Bay’s Farallon Islands and the Golden Gate Bridge, raising money and awareness for Warrior Canine Connection, a charity that assists returned servicemen and women. In September this year, weather conditions forced Kim to pull out over half way through a 93-mile nonstop swim from Sacramento to Tiburon, an experience that the 39-year-old says has helped to redefine her definition of failure.
Ishita Malaviya is India’s first professional female surfer. She has been surfing for almost a decade. Ishita was born in Mumbai, and graduated from journalism at Manipal University. She began surfing in 2007 during her first year of university, when she met a German exchange student looking for some surf. She was part of the first Summer Swell Challenge, a surfing event held in Pondicherry, India.
Carli Renzi is an Australian Judo champion currently based in Hong Kong. She took up Judo at the age of seven and at the age of 16 became the youngest black-belt in Australia after obtaining the rank in Japan. Carli won her first Australian Championship in 2000. The lightweight fighter won the Australian Championships in 2005, 2006 and 2007 and her first Oceania Championship in 2006. Carli missed out on qualifying for the 2008 Beijing Olympics but qualified for the historic-first Australian Commonwealth Games freestyle wrestling team in 2010.
San Francisco-based Laura Siddall is a professional triathlete with a degree in mechanical engineering. She grew up in Yorkshire, the youngest of four girls and daughter of a mining engineer and a math teacher. Her older sister, Naomi Siddall, represented Great Britain in Netball at the Commonwealth Games.
After moving with her corporate job to the sporty environs of Sydney’s Bondi Beach, Laura began competing as an amateur triathlete in 2009. After several podium finishes, friends encouraged Laura to consider turning her hobby into a career.
Nuria Burgada Buron is the mother of not one, but two phenomenal mountain athletes: Kilian Jornet, largely regarded as the world’s best endurance athlete, and Naila Jornet Burgada, a competitive ski-mountaineer. SisuGirls caught up with Nuria to learn more about her unique approach to motherhood, and her tips for raising adventurous children.
Masha Gordon wasn’t sporty as a girl and has spent most of her adult life working behind a desk as a successful businesswoman. She only discovered her love of mountaineering on maternity leave in her thirties.
But the mother-of-two is now on course to enter the world record books as the fastest woman in the world to complete the Explorers’ Grand Slam.
Mireia Miró is a Spanish ski mountaineer, mountain runner and base jumper. She has won numerous championships and trophies in skiing. Mireia did not like competing when she was younger but, when she discovered the world of mountain sports, her passion for competitions began and since then, she has forged a sporting career in ski mountaineering, trail running and base jumping. Mira made a choice to end elite competition in 2013 and is focused on new outdoor challenges and pursuits.
Emelie Forsberg is a Swedish athlete known for her incredible strength, endurance and break neck downhill running, she has also become an inspiration to men and women all over the world by her infectious passion and love of life. No matter how hard the race, no matter how tough the conditions are, no matter how bad she is feeling, Emelie is guaranteed to provide a sisu smile.
Meet the woman who eats ultramarathons for breakfast. Jeri Chua has been blazing the way for Singapore's endurance athletes for almost two decades with numerous "firsts" to her name, from Ironman Kona, the 168km Ultra Trail Mont Blanc, to the 330km Tor des Geants and most recently the 400km Ultra Trail Gobi.
Four years ago Krystle Wright was shooting photos for a local Australian newspaper; in August 2015 she was described by Outside Magazine as “the badass woman owning adventure photography”. In this post we learn just what it's like to spend most of the year dangling on a rope on a rock face , freezing in a tent on a mountain top, paragliding off an exotic coastline or diving in deep waters in the tireless pursuit of "the shot". (Hint: it involves incredible highs, bone-rattling cold, aching loneliness, and the quirk of living out of a shipping container).
Libby Sauter is a rock climber and a nurse for international NGO Novick Cardiac Alliance. In 2014 she set the female speed record on The Nose, El Capitan with Mayan Smith-Gobat. She's even completed two routes of El Cap in a day -- most spend up to a few nights on the face making the challenging ascent.
After months of trying, we finally managing to convince the intrepid Libby to sit still long enough to tell us her tale.