An Australian teenager completed in January a record-breaking journey to the South Pole, where she addressed internet critics who had previously told her to “make a sandwich.”
Jade Hameister, 16, posted an image of herself on Facebook holding a plate of sandwich in the South Pole on Jan. 13. The caption reads: “…to take this photo for all those men who commented ‘Make me a sandwich’ on my TEDX Talk. I made you a sandwich (ham & cheese) … and you can eat it xx”
In 2016, Hameister gave a speech at a TEDxMelbourne event. She spoke about her experiences as a girl and her ambitions, including becoming the youngest person to complete the “Polar Hat Trick,” an expedition spanning the North Pole, Greenland Crossing and South Pole.
Then 14, Hameister was already the youngest person to ski to the North Pole.
A video of her speech posted to YouTube attracted criticism from some commenters. One user wrote, “good on you sweetie, maybe could find a successful husband and make him a sandwich.”
Thirteen months after her North Pole trip, Hameister made history again as the youngest woman to ski unassisted across the Greenland icecap.
Then finally, in January — accompanied by her father, a guide and a two-person camera crew — the teenager achieved her record-breaking goal in the South Pole.
Pulling her own 220-pound sled for 373 miles, Hameister arrived at her last destination without assistance.
She said the idea of taking a sandwich to the pole was a joke throughout the trip. But she didn’t decide to follow through with it until the last minute.
“The camp we were staying at was less than a (kilometer) away from the actual pole, so we were like, ‘Let’s just do it,'” Hameister told CNN.
So far, her post has been well-received.
“There’s been a lot of comments on it, which I didn’t really expect, but I guess it’s just kind of funny,” Hameister said.
National Geographic planned to release a documentary about Hameister later in 2018. For now, she’s spending the remainder of her summer at home in Melbourne before going back to school.