Raised in South Gippsland, Victoria, (about an hour and a half south east of Melbourne, Australia) Annaliese FitzGerald now calls beautiful British Columbia, Canada home. Juggling full time Masters study with a deep passion for skiing, Whistler Blackcomb has been the perfect haven for her over the past 4 years.
“I think growing up in the country, a warm climate, and discovering a passion for equine sports early on in my life imbued me with a great love of the outdoors. There’s nothing quite as free as being outside.”
To this coffee swilling, pony lover, adventure doesn’t necessarily have to be an epic endeavour into the great outdoors. It can be something as little as experiencing something that you never thought you’d do or like doing.
“I think the essence of adventure lies in the discovery that you were able to do something new or cool you didn’t think you could, and in experiencing something positive with others that’s new to you.”
This snow-loving adventurer would jump at the opportunity to return to the Himalayas for it’s world-class mountaineering or to camp, climb and ski her way through Central and South America whilst learning more about development issues in rural areas. What ever it is, travel has taught so many things and she doesn’t look like letting up anytime soon.
“I think travelling teaches you to appreciate your fortunes in the world, and undoubtedly it informs you about yourself and the kind of person you are.”
Annaliese recognises the importance of education to provide opportunities for people around the world and knows it’s importance in how education status across a community impacts on far more wide spanning issues such as gender divide, social prejudices, sustainable agriculture, distribution of wealth and global resources amongst others.
“It is a complex state of affairs and it kind of gets me fired up thinking about the inefficiency of it all, and frustrated at the insurmountably tricky task it is to solve such problems, which I then makes people detach and become indifferent about it all, which sucks.”
“Initiatives like thisworldexists that promote a positive message and ask people to take that step from being well intentioned about a cause and feeling good because they think they care about something to actually doing something quantifiable toward that cause is commendable. Shifting intentions and empathy in to actual physical action is hard.”
We are so incredibly proud to have you as part of our growing adventure ambassador family Annaliese and we look forward to countless adventures to come.
Follow her adventures on Instagram @annaliese_fitzgerald