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Army February 28, 2013
for the walk of a lifetime
Three diggers shortlisted to represent Australia in Walking With The Wounded expedition to the South Pole
Cpl Nick Wiseman
THREE soldiers wounded in action
are in the running for a race to the
South Pole to be held in December.
The 2013 Walking With The
Wounded expedition will comprise
of teams of service personnel from
Australia, Canada, the US and the
UK, all with physical or cognitive
wounds sustained during active ser-
WO2 Scott Warby, Cpl Seamus
Donaghue and Pte Heath Jamieson
were the lucky three selected from
a list of applicants keen to represent
Pte Jamieson, who sustained a
gunshot wound in Afghanistan, said
the expedition was a great opportunity
to raise awareness.
"It's an avenue for the community
to support wounded soldiers through
supporting charities like Soldier On,"
"We're lucky to be at a stage of
recovery to be able to take part in this
The three soldiers have incorpo-
rated training for the expedition into
their rehabilitation programs to pre-
pare for their epic Antarctic journey.
In March, the trio will travel to
Iceland where they will undergo cold
weather training and meet the other
WO2 Warby, who also suffered a
gunshot to the leg in Afghanistan, said
they would have a better idea of what
to expect on their expedition when
they arrived in Iceland.
"Not many of us spend much time
skiing due to the lack of snow in
Australia," he said.
"Once we get there we'll have a
better idea of what to expect at the
Some of the training to date has
included marching and weight car-
rying, as well as dragging large tyres
behind them to replicate the sleds
they will be required to pull during
Each member of the team will
have to pull their own equipment
behind them on a sled, which could
weigh up to 100kg.
The equipment will include impor-
tant items for sleeping, survival, cold
weather clothing, food and water.
After a series of training camps
and personal preparation, two of
the soldiers will be selected by
Walking With The Wounded to
join two Canadian soldiers in the
Commonwealth team, with the third a
reserve in case of injury or illness.
In December the team will face the
four-week trek across the Antarctic,
walking up to 40km a day in minus 45
Pte Jamieson said it was great to
be back working in a small-team envi-
"You go from working in close
teams and then [once injured] into the
recovery and rehabilitation system,"
"It's great to have that mental and
physical challenge in a team environ-
The trio will need to draw on each
other's strengths to overcome the gru-
elling challenge of Iceland and the
Antarctic in what is a once-in-a-lifetime
Cpl Donaghue said he hoped being
part of the expedition would inspire
other wounded members and show them
anything was possible.
"You can go out and do anything,"
"There is more than just rehabilita-
tion and there is always something to
look forward to after recovery."
Cpl Donaghue added it was impor-
tant to get public support behind the
"Getting that awareness of wounded
soldiers out there and showing others
in similar circumstances to us that any-
thing is possible, is very important."
Walking With The Wounded is sup-
ported by Soldier On and charities from
each participating nation.
Ready and willing: From left, WO2 Scott Warby, Pte Heath Jamieson and Cpl Seamus Donaghue are training
to take on a trek to the South Pole for Walking With The Wounded.
Photos by Cpl Nick Wiseman
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