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Ice Maiden to mark Women's Day with the Army

By Mark Andrews | Telford | News | Published:

A record-breaking Antarctic skier will be among the guests at an event organised by the Army to mark International Women's Day.

Sandy Hennis

Army reservist Major Sandy Hennis, one of the six-woman Ice Maidens skiiing team, will be special guest at the event in Telford on March 8.

The Ice Maidens made the headlines when they became the first all-female team in the world to ski unaided coast-to-coast across Antarctica.

Sandy, from Walsall, will talk about her life of setting world record and taking part in ground breaking research.

The event, which aims to show the opportunities open to women aged 16-24, will be at the campus common room between 10am and 3pm.

As well as Sandy, there will be inspirational speakers representing the armed forces, NHS, police and other services.

There will also be a "human library", where people can choose a mentor they want to learn from, and spend a short period asking them questions.

Sheila Stephenson, who is helping to organise the event, said there would be a large number of women who could act as role models.

"We have a massive amount of role models in military support, an all-female military band, female military intelligence, female military pilots and female military armoured tank commanders," she said.

Visitors can also have a look around military vehicles and interactive stands.

Mark Andrews

By Mark Andrews
@MAndrews_Star

Senior news writer for the Shropshire Star specialising in in-depth features and commentary, investigative reporting and political matters.

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