Sandy Robson Adventurer of the Year 2017
Sea-kayaker Sandy Robson, who travelled an epic 22,000km through 20 countries on a solo kayak voyage from Germany to Australia, is the 2017 Adventurer of the Year. Sandy, from Lesmurdie in WA, has always had an affinity with the ocean and undertook a partial circumnavigation of Australia in 2007, retiring after an attack by a crocodile in the Gulf of Carpentaria. Inspired by German Oskar Speck, who paddled from Germany to Australia in the 1930’s, from 2011, Sandy spent five years retracing sections of Speck’s route to inspire other women to grand adventures and to highlight the state of the world’s oceans. She endured many hardships and setbacks along the way eventually arriving back in Australia in November 2016. Sandy now holds a number of world kayaking records, including being the first person to circumnavigate Sri Lanka by sea kayak, the first woman to paddle the coasts of India, Bangladesh and Papua New Guinea by sea kayak and the first woman to paddle from Sri Lanka to India across the Palk Strait.