Adventure offers us the opportunity not only to be empowered or inspired but also to dream and dare. When women connect with adventure in its many forms, we see something more profound occur - an opportunity to channel its benefits for the greater good.
Not only does it allow women to grow into more confident, compassionate, resilient and courageous humans, women often use its power to affect positive change around them.
In their Communities
In our World.
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Our Travel Play Live Team and a passionate group of supporters, advocates and adventurers were fired up by this comment from another grants program:
“Last year we didn’t award the $5000 sponsorship owing to a lack of what we considered to be truly epic adventures in the mix of applications. As a result, in 2017 we are awarding $10,000. If you know of any women considering a big adventure in the next year, please let them know about this substantial award.”
Once we picked our jaws off the ground, we began to discuss a few things. Firstly what is the definition of epic, and what is it that causes such a controversial reaction when the words adventure and women are used in the same sentence?
If we are honest, the word epic does tend to conjure images of extreme adrenaline filled escapades. Even the dictionary definition of epic is skewed to the male domain - "his epic journey around the world", however, in more colloquial terms epic can be defined as ‘extending beyond the usual or ordinary’ and we don’t see any issues with applying this definition to the domain of women’s adventure. In fact, until it’s the norm we will continue to accept the challenge to create change in this space in as many ways as we can.
And so the Travel Play Live Women's Adventure Grant was born. We have received initial support from forward-thinking companies Fully Rad Adventures and Gutsy Girls Adventure Film Tour, both of whom have chipped in funds to give the grant legs, but we also need the communities help to keep it moving.
Here at Travel Play Live, we are a small independent team, with a big heart, a tremendous passion for what we do but unfortunately, this sentence doesn’t end with ‘and also an enormous bank balance’. So we are reached out and asking our community to get behind this campaign and help us to support and champion four recipients who represent Australian Women in Adventure - we are proud to announce we made the target & the grant will go ahead!
Our goal to get the adventure community involved and raise $15K - $20k in our crowdfunding campaign was successful, so we can:
We are honoured to have Hanny Allston as our Women’s Adventure Grant Ambassador.
Hanny is Tasmanian born and has achieved at the elite level in a range of running sports including orienteering, marathon, mountain and trail running. Hanny is the only athlete outside of Europe to have won a World Orienteering Title.. She has qualifications in Medical Science, Education, Life Coaching, Business and Sports Coaching, and is fascinated by the science behind performance. She is the founder of Find Your Feet which she now runs with her husband, Graham Hammond.
“It is an honour to become Travel Play Lives’ ambassador for their Women’s Adventure Grant. Exploring wild places, with hair wild, scratches and mud sneaking up my legs is where I find my truest self. Running along a remote trail feels like I am peering through a window into a place, breeding wonder for what lies ‘out there' but also to the hidden strengths that lie ‘within me'. I want to help women experience this sense of curiosity too. Fascinated by the art of preparing for such adventures, I feel like it is my calling to explore how we can master our own excellence and then share this with Australian women, so together we can foster adventurous, free spirits.”
You can find out more about Hanny from her website and the fabulous ways she supports adventure initiatives via her podcast.
Krystal Wright - Adventure Sports Photographer
"There truly aren't any barriers in this industry except the ones you have set yourself. Understandably, the tough thing to overcome is to find support and help that expedition or trip happen. I'm excited to see this new grants program launch to help other women carve out their way into the adventure realm and discover what their strength is. But more importantly, understand their weaknesses and how to grow and evolve from that vulnerable place.
Photo credit ©Andy Mann
Jemima Robinson - Adventure Reels Director
Incredible and inspiring women have always been out there having amazing adventures but they have typically been self-funded with their stories rarely being told through film. The Travel Play Live Women's Adventure Grant program is such an incredible initiative that will have a far-reaching impact on inspiring women to live adventurous lives and share their stories with others. Not only will it directly affect the recipients of the grants it will have a positive impact on all of us who get to read the stories and see the films. I am do delighted to support this incredible initiative and can't wait to see the stories, dreams and adventures come to life.
Richard Old - Fully Rad Adventures
Fully Rad Adventures has one key goal - get people outside and adventuring. Knowing that adventure means different things to different people we are constantly hunting for new ways to promote this ideal. We are behind the Travel Play Live Women's Adventure Grant because it not only fits within our ethos but because we believe it will create real change and momentum for women's adventure. Also, because we love what Travel Play Live does and the grant is a really cool idea!