“As an explorer/adventurer, Kate has cycled the equivalent distance of twice around the world at the Equator. On August 16th 2010 she became the first person in history to cycle unbroken line from Africa’s most westerly to its most easterly point, from Cap Vert, Senegal to Cape Hafun, Puntland, Somalia.
Crossing 22,040 km over ten months, Kate’s journey was not only a physical quest but an odyssey to highlight the development needs and activities of war-torn and poverty-stricken nations. Cycling through twenty countries in an unbroken line, Kate aimed to find out what is being done to give a ‘leg up’ rather than a ‘hand out’ – to shine a positive light on the issues, cultures and geography of Africa.
Kate has two previous world firsts under her belt – the Trans-Siberian Cycle Expedition (1993) when she became the first woman to cycle across the new Russia unsupported, and the 25,000km Great Australian Cycle Expedition (2004/05) which included the first bicycle crossing of the Canning Stock Route by a woman. ‘Out There and Back’, Kate’s first book, chronicles this expedition.
Kate’s latest challenge, Breaking the Cycle South Pole, will include the first bicycle crossing of the Antarctic continent via the South Pole (2015-16) while raising funds and awareness for AIDS in Africa as well as creating an education programme about leadership.
In 2014, Kate’s documentary ‘Njinga’ won two awards at the Action on Film International Film Festival in Los Angeles – best documentary (cinematography) and best documentary (sport). ‘Njinga’, Kate’s second book, complements the documentary.”
In between expeditions, Kate works as a real tennis professional. She has won 5 Australian Open singles titles and been ranked as high as world number 2.