Protégés challenge themselves for 72 hours in Snow World as part of their simulation

In November 2018, the All Women Expedition To Antarctica (AWETA) 2018 – an initiative of Malaysia’s All Women Empowerment To Accelerate Secretariat – will embark on a journey to Antarctica.


Today, the 19 protégés training to become part of this expedition will set up base camp in Snow World at Resorts World Genting for 4 days and 3 nights stay totaling 72 hours between 4th and 7th May. With constant sub-zero temperatures, the training camp at Snow World will serve as the first step of the expedition’s intensive cold weather training programme.


“We are honoured to be chosen as one of the venues for AWETA 2018, as we at Resorts World Genting fully support the initiative to empower Malaysian women,” says Tun Mohammed Hanif Bin Omar, Deputy Chair of Genting Malaysia Berhad.


“The ambition of this initiative, which is to create new role models for young Malaysian women in the Malaysia Boleh spirit is admirable. They say that women of the world support half of the sky. Well, now these brave Malaysian women can now do their part in supporting the future of Malaysia underneath the Antarctic sky. That the Snow World at Resorts World Genting, meant as a place of fun and leisure for families, can serve as a stepping stone for this ambitious task is very gratifying to us,” added Tun Mohammed Hanif.


With the aim of creating protégés for Dr Sharifah Mazlina Syed Abdul Kadir, Malaysia’s National Expeditor that has completed the Polar Hat Trick by conquering the South Pole (2004), the North Pole (2007) and Greenland (2011), AWETA 2018 is devoted to a national mission of empowering Malaysian women aged 18 and above to succeed. The 19 protégés that have made it to Resorts World Genting were selected from a pool of 70 participants interviewed over a six-month, nationwide AWETA roadshow. After going through intensive fitness training, the qualifying candidates are now scheduled to undergo a rigorous set of challenges as part of a reality television programme designed to test their strength in five aspects – mental, emotional, physical, social and spiritual (MEPSS).

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Dr Sharifah in her message advised, “Achieving one’s dream is no easy task.  One will face challenges that will test their strength along the way whether it be mentally, emotionally, physically, socially or spiritually.  But by having a very focused mind, one will achieve their goals even in the coldest weather.” 


‘We are very pleased to partner with Resorts World Genting as this mission of 4 days 3 nights in Snow World will certainly help us find the top five ladies to join me at the Antarctica this November,” explained Dr Sharifah.

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The event saw guest of honor DYMM Tuanku Zara Salim, Permaisuri Perak flag off the challenge at the Snow World.  With Her Royal Highness were Tun Hanif, Puan Sri Cecilia wife to Genting Malaysia Chairman Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay, Dr Sharifah and Dato Noorizah Abd Hamid, Project Director of AWETA.


Participants of AWETA with DYMM Tuanku Zara Salim, Permaisuri Perak Tun Hanif, Puan Sri Cecilia wife to Genting Malaysia Chairman Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay, Dr Sharifah and Dato Noorizah Abd Hamid, Project Director of AWETA.


Visitors to Snow World usually spend 30 minutes in the sealed space, but the 19 AWETA protégés will spend a total of 72 hours – a new Malaysian record - in temperatures maintained at a constant -6 degrees Celsius or lower when snow is manufactured and release during midnight. Snow World, designed to resemble an Alpine village with slopes and slides, will then test the protégés in various tasks that will serve as an introduction to the polar challenges ahead.


The contestants kept themselves warm in Snow World by staying active with various challenges thoroughout the day for at least five hours. They also sang the national anthem, ‘Negaraku’ every morning to keep their spirits up.


Not only that, the contestants kept themselves active by doing pushups and situps as well as dancing regularly.


When the 72 hours were up on 8 May, the contestants were very excited to get out of the cold and finally complete their challenge.


Excited contestants upon exiting Snow World


16 contestants out of 19 successfully completed the challenge and are well on their way to become the chosen ones for Antarctica.


Contestants giddy with joy and relief at completing their challenge. The girls were then treated to a celebratory dinner at the Genting International Convention Centre.


Ms Katherine Chew, Vice President of Resort Communications and Public Relations gave a speech to congratulate the girls on their successful performance at the closing dinner.


Dr. Sharifah expressing her pride at the teamwork and determination that the ladies showed during the 72 hours at Snow World.


The ladies remained energetic even after spending 72 hours in -6 degrees weather and managed to put on a performance that excited the audience at the closing ceremony.


Certificated were presented to all 16 contestants who successfully completed the challenge by Ms Katherine Chew, Dr Sharifah and Dato Noorizah Abd Hamid, Project Director of AWETA.


Ms Katherine Chew was made an official member of AWETA and presented with an autographed copy of Dr Sharifah’s book, Into 90 degrees North by Dr Sharifah and Dato Noorizah Abd Hamid, Project Director of AWETA.


Once the challenge at Resorts World Genting is completed, five successful contestants (and two reserves) will be selected to form the AWETA 2018 expedition. They will then undergo further intensive training, both in Malaysia (4-5 months) and overseas in Norway and Greenland (1 month), before embarking on the journey of a lifetime to Antarctica in November 2018.


Arriving at Hercules Inlet Near Base Camp Patroit Hills on the continent of Antarctica, the AWETA 2018 expedition will then traverse 1,100 km within 55 days to the South Pole. There, they are tasked to retrieve the time capsule placed by National Expeditor Dr Sharifah Mazlina Syed Abdul Kadir in 2004, and place a new time capsule with the Transformasi Nasional 2050 (TN50) mandate envisioned by Prime Minister YAB Dato’ Seri Najib Tun Abdul Razak, to be retrieved by future generations of Malaysian women. Snow World at Resorts World Genting will be one small step for this brave group of women, and one giant leap forward for Malaysia.


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