Serious Sisu: Sarah Moshman

Sarah Moshman is an Emmy Award winning documentary filmmaker and TEDx speaker whose work has been featured on Upworthy, Marie Claire, CNN, and Good Morning America. After directing two short documentaries about female empowerment in young women, (Girls Rock! Chicago (2010) and Growing up Strong: Girls on the Run (2012)) she set out to direct her first feature documentary, The Empowerment Project: Ordinary Women Doing Extraordinary Things (2014) which has been screened over 350 times around the US and around the world in schools, groups, organisations and corporations starting conversations about gender equality. Sarah's second feature doc, Losing Sight of Shore is out now, and screens in Singapore Saturday 17th June. It follows the incredible journey of six women who rowed across the Pacific Ocean, from San Francisco, USA to Cairns, Australia.

Claire Delahunty
Serious Sisu: Theresa Goh Rui Si

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.

Claire Delahunty
Serious Sisu: Eef De Boeck

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.

Serious Sisu: Kim Chambers

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.

Claire Delahunty
Serious Sisu: Ishita Malaviya

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.

Serious Sisu: Carli Renzi

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.

Claire Delahunty
Serious Sisu: Laura Siddall

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.


Claire Delahunty
Serious Sisu: Jen Peedom

Jen Peedom is a BAFTA nominated director and mother of two daughters: Tashi, 7, and Luka 5. She recently completed a major feature documentary SHERPA, with producers Bridget Ikin and John Smithson. 

Rachel Jacqueline
8 Lessons to Raise Adventurous Children: Núria Burgada Buron

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. 

Rachel Jacqueline
Serious Sisu

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.

Chloe Chick
Serious Sisu: Mireia Miró

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.  

Rachel Jacqueline
Serious Sisu: Emelie Forsberg

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. 

Rachel Jacqueline
Serious Sisu: Ultra, ultra woman Jeri Chua

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. 

Serious Sisu: The Trail Beyond

The Trail Beyond is four ordinary women with a big goal: to inspire 100,000 girls and women to achieve more than they thought possible. They show some serious sisu in their lives by embarking on an outlandish challenge: four ultras, in four months, in four countries, as a team of four. 

Serious Sisu: Adventure photographer Krystle Wright

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).