Wings Worldquest 2014 Women of Discovery Awards
March 30th, 2014
LIFETIME AWARD goes to Helen Thayer, New Zealand Explorer, Writer, Educator

Helen is the first woman to ski alone to any Pole when she skied unsupported to the Magnetic North Pole at age fifty. She is also the first woman to walk 4,000 miles across the Sahara from Morocco to the Nile River and 1,600 miles across the Gobi Desert at age sixty-three. She has kayaked 2,200 miles of the Amazon River. In a unique study in the wild, Helen lived near a wolf den above the Arctic Circle for a year. Helen created Adventure Classroom, an online program connecting young people across cultures. Now in her seventies Helen continues her worldwide exploration to live with and study indigenous cultures and to study change due to depletions in water sources and the Arctic ice cover.

The Founding Director of WINGS WorldQuest, Milbry Polk, today announced the recipients of the 2014 Women of Discovery award, made each year to women who have made extraordinary discoveries in the farthest reaches of the world.

WINGS celebrates and supports women explorers by promoting scientific exploration, education and conservation. Each year WINGS WorldQuest recognizes women who have made great strides in the field of exploration. All awardees become lifetime Fellows of WINGS WorldQuest.

“Historically, women were often restricted from scientific research in the field, and were seldom recognized for their discoveries. Marie Tharp is a good example. She mapped the world ocean floor as we know it, but her name was missing from the credit,” said Milbry Polk who founded WINGS in 2002. “The world needed a place for these extraordinary people to find encouragement..”
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