Annabelle Bond - OBE
" only those who risk going too far can possibly see how far one can go "
Extreme sportswomen and mountaineer Annabelle Bond, who grew up and continues to reside in Hong Kong, shares her story into sports, what it took to climb the word's highest mountain, and her subsequent outlook on life
Annabelle Bond is known as the fastest woman climber in the world, after reaching the highest peaks on Seven Continents in just 360 days. She climbed her first mountain in December 2001 and went to Everest in March 2004 with a Chilean Team. She reached the summit of Mount Everest on May 15th 2004, making her the fourth British woman to ever stand on top of the world. Since climbing Mount Everest, Annabelle has gone on to scale the Seven Summits, the highest peaks on each Continent in just 360 days making her the only woman in the world to have achieved such an immense physical and logistical feat. This record stood for eight years before being broken.
In April 2006 Annabelle joined SAS Prince Albert II of Monaco on an expedition to the North Pole. Using teams of dogs the Seven person expedition reached the North Pole on April 16th. The trip worked in conjunction with a project for the World Wildlife Fund and was to highlight awareness to global warming.
In August 2007, Annabelle became a single mother to a baby girl Isabella and devotes her time and energy being the best mum she can be. In May 2009, Annabelle ran a 250 Kilometer self supported endurance race across the desert of Namibia as part of the Racing the Planet Series of Races. In October 2009 Annabelle ran the same distance across the Sahara desert. Once again the trip was to raise funds and to highlight awareness for the Eve Appeal which specialises in the prevention of Ovarian Cancer and to date she has raised $1.8 Million for the cause.
In 2016 Annabelle competed in her first Triathlon in Phuket, Thailand and won her age group. She also continues to speak in Schools, Corporations and charities on the importance of Setting and Achieving Goals. Annabelle devotes her spare time to the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation which has partnered With Just Challenge and takes100 people at a time off on challenges around the globe to raise funds for Laureus. Her passion is the importance of Nutritional Education for both adults and more importantly Children.
In 2005 Annabelle was awarded the position of honorary Colonel of the Chilean Army and In November 2006, Annabelle was inaugurated to the Royal Council of Ingxotha by his Majesty King Zwelithini Goodwill KaBhekuzulu of KwaZulu. In December 2006 Annabelle was awarded the Order of the British Empire (OBE) by the Queen of England for her services to Mountaineering.