Breaking the Cycle Yukon

Kate Leeming
Kate has cycled a distance equivalent to twice around the world at the Equator on her major expeditions. In August 2010, Kate became the first person to cycle an unbroken line from Africa’s most westerly to its most easterly point, from Cap Vert, Senegal to Cape Hafun, Somalia. Kate has two previous world firsts under her belt – the Trans-Siberian Cycle Expedition (1993) when she became the first woman to cycle across the new Russia unsupported, and the Great Australian Cycle Expedition (2004/05) which included the first bicycle crossing of the Canning Stock Route by a woman.  Kate has published two books, Out There and Back, the story of the 25,000km Great Australian Cycle Expedition (2007) and Njinga, Breaking the Cycle in Africa (2014) and made an award-winning feature documentary, also titled Njinga. In between expeditions, Kate works as a real tennis professional, having been ranked as high as World No.2 and winning 5 Australian Open singles titles. In March 2016 Kate was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Education degree from The University of Western Australia for her services to education and the community. She is a Scout Ambassador, a fellow of the Royal Geographic Society (UK) and a member of The Explorers Club (New York).
Claudio von Planta
Claudio is recognised as one of today’s most committed current affairs directors, never failing to deliver the story no matter what the conditions. He is best known for his work filming the motorbike journeys LONG WAY ROUND and LONG WAY DOWN with actors Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman. He has won many prestigious awards such as: 2012 Winner One World Media Award – Children’s Rights: SPELL OF THE ALBINO 2006 Emmy Nomination – Outstanding Investigative Journalism – Long Form: SURVIVING SUDAN 2006 Winner of One World Media Award for best broadcast journalism: LIVING WITH AIDS