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About the team

The Team

The team consists of seven people, including Rosemary. Rosemary holds dual Australian/Canadian citizenship which, she says, makes her a Cantralian. The other team members are from:

  • Canada (Josée Auclair and Darrell Aunger)
  • France (Sandrine Kayser-Meunier)
  • Norway (Hans Willemsen)
  • Russia (Mikhail Malakhov) and
  • United States (Louise Wholey).

The team will be led by Dr Mikhail Malakhov who, together with Richard Weber (Josée's husband) is the only person to have skied from Canada to the Pole and back totally unsupported. Misha is a veteran of numerous North Pole expeditions from both the Russian and the Canadian side.

Each member of the team has skied together with other team members on previous expeditions and they are all well trained in the demands that expedition life will place on them.

About Rosemary

About the team

About the team

Rosemary was born and raised in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada where she cultivated her love of the outdoors on camping holidays with her family. Thanks to a singing scholarship, Rosemary was able to attend a prestigious private school, where she learned the value of an excellent education and developed her quest for knowledge and her spirit of adventure. After graduation she moved to Europe where she worked as an au pair and a flight attendant for several years before returning to Canada. She began her university education in Canada, studying Japanese and Russian and eventually found her way into the Law School at Queen's University in Canada where she obtained her LLB. After a clerkship with the British Columbia Court of Appeal, Rosemary practised law with McCarthy Tetrault in Vancouver before going to the University of Cambridge to do her LLM in International Law. Having won the Clive Parry Prize for International Law, Rosemary was invited to stay on a Research Fellow at the Lauterpacht Research Centre for International Law.

About the team

About the team

Rosemary joined the UNSW Law Faculty in 1994 where, after having acclimatised to the wonderful weather and magnificent local beaches, she immediately set about developing the international law curriculum. In 1995 she introduced the postgraduate LLM by Coursework, specialising in International Law and she continues to organise and teach in the program each year. In 1997 in recognition of her work in curriculum development and her classroom teaching prowess, she was awarded the Vice-Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching. In 2001, in response to growing demand for more undergraduate international law electives, Rosemary initiated the International Law Competitive Moot Program. Moving beyond her international law focus, in 2005 Rosemary introduced the Public Interest Internship Program which will be sending out its first students in Session 2 2006.

About the team

Rosemary became an Australian citizen in 1996.

Rosemary is intensely passionate about international law and about her teaching. But more than anything, she is a firm believer in the power of education. She wants all students to be able to access programs that supplement their classroom learning and further develop their intellectual, personal and professional capabilities.

At the same time, Rosemary has not lost her spirit of adventure and her love of the outdoors. Over the years she has hiked, skied, cycled, climbed, scuba dived, sailed and kayaked in some of the world's wildest and most beautiful places.

Her mountaineering ascents and attempted ascents (*) include:

  • Stockhorn (3950m)
  • Breithorn (4164m)
  • Wellenkuppe (3905m)
  • Mt Aspiring, SW Ridge (3030m)
  • Rob Roy (2645m)
  • Mt Dixon, S. Ridge (3019m)
  • Mt Cook, Zubbriggens Ridge and Linda Glacier (3766m)
  • Mt Rainier, Disappointment Cleaver (4392m)
  • Denali, West Buttress (6194m)
  • Cho Oyu* (8201m) solo
  • Aconcagua (6962m) solo
  • Cotopaxi (5911m)
  • Chimborazo* (6310m)
  • Kazbegi (5047m)

About the team

About the team

Her skiing activities include downhill, telemark, back country, cross-country skiing and ski mountaineering in Australia, Austria, Finland, France, Switzerland, Canada and United States. She has also done ski traverses of:

  • Ellesmere Island (2001)
  • South Georgia (2002)
  • Bylot Island (2003)

Other pursuits have included cycle touring in Australia, Canada, UK, Ireland, France, Belgium, Netherlands and Denmark; scuba diving in Israel, Hawaii and Australia; and ocean kayaking in Australia, Canada, Spitzbergen, Eastern Greenland, Fiji, Tonga and Alaska.

She is a Qualified Coastal Skipper for yachts up to 36m.

Rosemary is also a singer and has sung in major choirs and opera choruses in Australia, Canada, Denmark, the UK and Japan, and she has a more than passing familiarity with 10 foreign languages.