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Our Team

Founder – Monique Farmer

Women Want Adventure is founded by Monique Farmer, a University Qualified Personal Development, Health and Physical Education Teacher - specialising in Outdoor Education.

Monique has always derived her motivation in the outdoors from curiosity and connection to a wider community. Before she founded Women Want Adventure, she conducted extensive exploration of Australia's National Parks and overseas destinations. Working with brands such as The North Face, Poler Stuff, Travel Play Live, Explore Nation and Wilderness Equipment, Monique has dedicated her adventures to inspire others to explore unique outdoor locations and push personal and professional limitations.

Growing up next door to The Royal National Park in Sydney, Monique had a natural inclination towards the mountains and sea. Exploring caves, surfing, hiking and trail running, she created a lifestyle that emphasised a pragmatic appreciation for the connection to the natural world. As a result of weekend and multi-week adventures, Monique was drawn to how nature can help inspire change towards enhanced lifestyle behaviours and mindsets. Something she wanted to share with other women.

Today, everything Monique continues to create and empower is a more systematic and evolved extension of her love for the outdoors and the benefits this lifestyle brings – including inspiring women to create meaningful experiences through adventure.

Her general love for life and passion to build community of like-minded adventure women has her actively involved in leading trips, laughing in a tent with a group of women in unexpected wet weather, giving away her last wet wipe and sharing her famous Anzac hiking biscuits.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Womanwantadventure/
Instagram: @womenwantadventure
Twitter: @womenwadventure
Email: monique@womenwantadventure.com.au

Yvette Jackson – Chief In Editor

Yvette is the contributing Chief In Editor at Women Want Adventure and divides her time between her two loves, writing and the outdoors. Yvette's favourite stories to write and read are the tales of outdoor experiences and how they change us. As the Chief In Editor, Yvette works with contributors and athletes to edit and write articles about hiking, trail running, kayaking, camping and inspiring women to feel empowered by the outdoors.

When she’s not editing or writing content to inspire women to get outside, you can find her whipping up a delicious meal, running barefoot along Coogee Beach and sipping on tea.

Facebook: @yvette.farmer.142
Instagram: @vettie222

Amber Jones – Photographer

Amber Jones is a New Zealand based adventure and outdoors Photographer and Videographer. She captures outdoor experiences, landscapes and the most majestic underwater scenes we dream to visit. Her eye for the outdoors and underwater world goes beyond snapping scenery: from the serene to the exposed elements, Jones incorporates elements of light, shadows and natural connections which evoke a certain yearning for adventure in her audience.

Amber has worked with a range of brands and outdoor companies such Mazda, Salt Gypsy, Moa Beer, Hecs Aquatic, Rapid Fitness Gear, Mercedes Benz, The cornerstone and Stem Distribution. Jones is Chief in Photography - New Zealand for Women Want Adventure.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=800385166
Instagram: @amberandfriends_photography
Email: helloamberandfriends@gmail.com
Website: www.amberandfriends.net

Kate Miles – Photographer

Kate Miles is a weekend explorer, photographer and weekday Engineer. Travelling on weekends and frequent trips to New Zealand, Kate works to capture photos that inspire others to immerse themselves in nature. With topics from snow capped mountains, lakes and beautiful seascapes, Kate is known for images of powerful landscapes. Her quality and patience to capture a real timeless sense in her photos has earned her a growing social following on Instagram, along with her famous adventuremobile - Lara the Land Rover.

Facebook: @Kate.Miles.0
Instagram: @kate_miles_
Email: kate.miles@gmail.com

Nicky Dunn – Team Leader

Through her passion for trail running and adventure, Nicky has had the opportunity to travel and experience the world. Nicky grew up in The Bay of Islands, New Zealand and discovered her love for the trails early on from her Father, an avid distance and endurance athlete. From big mountains to road races, Nicky loves to push her body, finding beauty around her and challenging her physical limitations. After completing 50km - The North Face Ultra series in The Blue Mountains, Australia, Nicky moved overseas to Sweden. It was here she challenged the 90km - Ultravasa race, travelled to Italy for Mt Limone Extreme and to Norway for Tromso. Nicky has since returned home to New Zealand to study Medicine and continue her passion on the trails in her free time. She's the Women Want Adventure New Zealand Athlete Ambassador and is the creative mind behind some of our best trips and adventures.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=617177106
Instagram: @nickydunn
Email: Njcdunn@gmail.com

Tracy Gibson – Sea Kayaking Leader

Tracy Gibson has been leading Outdoor Education and Kayaking programs in Australia and around the world for over fifteen years. Her love of the water and all things adventure lead her to pursuing a professional career as a Kayaking Instructor / Assessor based in Jervis Bay on the fabulous NSW South Coast. Tracy says it's the sense of freedom that kayaking provides and the endless variety in what you will experience in a day on the water that is so exciting, challenging and rewarding and has a way of changing the way you look at the world, engage with people and appreciate what our environment has to offer us as a teacher. Tracy has represented Australia at the Surf Kayak World Championships in 2007, 2009 and 2013 where she took out the title of Women's HP World Champion and she is so passionate about sharing her love of all things kayaking to encourage women to enjoy more adventures in the outdoors.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/seakayakjervisbay/
Website: http://www.seakayakjervisbay.com.au/SKJB_Team_Profile
Email: info@seakayakjervisbay.com

Ellen Smith – Trip Leader

Ellen Smith, is an Outdoor Leader/Outdoor Education Teacher based in ACT/NSW. After finishing a Bachelor of Outdoor Education in 2015 and Masters in Teaching, Ellen has been heavily involved in leading outdoor trips across Australia. Ellen has extensive experience leading groups abseiling, climbing, snorkelling, canoeing and outback snow adventures.

Ellen’s greatest love and passion always bring her back to the Snowy Mountains to lead expeditions including snow camping, XC skiing and ski touring. Ellen is a qualified APSI level 1 Nordic Instructor and an Adaptive Snowsport Guide. The ladies at Women Want Adventure love Ellen’s bubbly personality, home cooked scones and ability to make everyone feel welcome and supported on every trip. If you attend an ACT adventure or the Snowy Mountains hikes, expect to see Ellen’s happy face while you’re greeted with a big warm Ellen hug.

Instagram: @ohwie24
Email: elliesmith24@hotmail.com

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