Congratulations to Lucy Barnard, recipient of 2019 Australian Geographic Society Nancy Bird Walton Sponsorship. 

This is amazing support for this inspiring woman on a multi year 30000km challenge.

Applications for the sponsorship open on October 16th each year, to mark Nancy’s birthday.

The annual funding of $5000 is awarded to an Australian woman planning to undertake an adventurous pursuit. The recipient of the sponsorship is chosen by a panel made up of female adventurers, members of Nancy-Bird Walton’s Family and representatives of the Australian Geographic Society.

It is hoped that the sponsorship will not only commemorate the great life of Nancy-Bird Walton, but also inspire women from around Australia to follow their dreams.

As can be seen by the following criteria, Lucy is a very suitable recipient.

The project chosen should be:

Initiated by and led by a woman
Ground breaking – either through a new adventure or new scientific project, or because it is an endeavour that’s beyond the applicant’s known skills or past experience
Inspirational to a new generation of Australian female adventurers
Mindful of Nancy-Bird Walton’s legacy
Able to be communicated to a wide audience


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