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Ryan Campbell at the Australian Geographic Award night in Sydney after being named Young Adventurer of the Year.
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Entrepreneur and aviation enthusiast, Dick Smith, was full of praise for Ryan’s achievement.
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Ryan Campbell pictured with scientist and television personality, Dr Karl Kruszelnicki.
Pilot, Ryan Campbell, of Merimbula has added yet another accolade and trophy to his cabinet. Ryan, at 19 years is the youngest pilot to fly solo around the world and in front of 280 guests was named Australian Geographic Young Adventurer of the Year at the 2013 Australian Geographic Society Gala Awards in Sydney on Tuesday, October 22.
Proud parents, Joanne and Lindsay Campbell and Ryan’s brother, Adam were there to see him receive the award.
Mrs Campbell said: “We were very proud parents, as always. Dick Smith had some words of high praise for Ryan and his achievement and the commitment and stamina that Dick explained it took to not only complete the difficult trip but the dedication and perseverance required in the planning stages.”
Ryan was among esteemed company. Explorer, author and scientist, Tim Jarvis was named the Australian Geographic’s Adventurer of the Year for his re-enactment of Shackleton’s 1916 journey.
Previously, Tim had made unsupported expeditions to the South Pole and across Australia’s Great Victoria Desert. In 2007 he retraced Sir Douglas Mawson’s 1912–13 solo Antarctic survival epic using 100-year-old clothing and equipment, and starvation rations. He holds the record for the fastest unsupported journey to the South Pole and the longest unsupported journey in Antarctica.
Mrs Campbell said: “He was the speaker for the night as well as the 'Adventurer of the Year' alongside Ryan. He’s an extraordinary man who signed a copy of his book to Ryan with the word ‘Let’s work together.’”
Ryan landed at Merimbula Airport on Sunday, September 8 after 10 weeks of solo flying, marking the end of a 44,448km (24,000 nautical mile) trip.
In doing so he broke the world record for the youngest person to circumnavigate the globe. Ryan first took off in his Cirrus SR22, Spirit of the Sapphire Coast, at the end of June. To make it around the planet in 70 days, the teen flew 32 stretches and touched down in 15 nations.
In attempting this trip, Ryan’s goal was to not only break the records and win a title, but also show the power of determination, and demonstrate that, through hard work, dreams are achievable.
As well as inspiring young Australians to reconnect with aviation, Ryan raised funds and awareness for the Dare 2 Dream scholarship fund – set up in conjunction with World Youth International – which will provide 10 different scholarships to adventurous young Australians who wish to volunteer overseas.