NEWSPAPER - Women of Worth - Cape Argus, 09 August 2013

Cape Argus Women of Worth

Taking a walk on the wild side for the good of others

Gaynor Schoeman, pictured above, has always lived to see 'what was beyond the horison'. She never settled like her sisters, because for Schoeman, 46, life is one long adventure. As a child, she spent years sailing with her family across the globe.

At the age of 22, Schoeman, who considers Cape Town home, took her first solo trip and hitch-hiked on yachts from Greece to Gibraltar. At a glance her life story is impressive: she became the South African female full contact kickboxing champion in 1991 and retired undefeated; she volunteered to work in the aftermath of the Rwandan genocide in 1994; started various small businesses including a niche film company and in 2001 started paragliding around the world.

Then in March last year her life nearly changed when she had a paragliding accident in Australia and broke her spine. 'When adventure travelling is your life, and you have an accident that comes close to putting you in a wheelchair for the rest of your life, all that freedom of movement taken away from you forever, it is sobering' she says. She had to learn to walk again.

Fourteen months later, at the end of May this year, she started walking the 1657km Canning Stock Route across the Australian desert. Schoeman's solo journey took 66 days, all the while carrying a 30kg backpack. Schoeman decided to do the walk to raise funds for the Western Cape quadriplegic wheelchair rugby team, The Eagles. The goal is to buy eight chairs at a cost of R85 000 each for the team. The walk has left her feeling better physically and mentally. 'My whole life has been an adventure. But while walking the Canning I came to realise that I would like to share my life and experiences with someone special. A committed relationship is my next adventure,' says Schoeman. To read more about her walk, visit

Women's Long Walk to do Good

Gaynor Schoeman taking a walk on the wild side for the good of others

Gaynor Schoeman Canning Stock Route Walker



The Canning Walker's Challenge for 2013

End of the CSR for Gaynor Schoeman Canning Walker

Starting from Billiluna in the north near Halls Creek on 31 May 2013, Gaynor Schoeman walked 1657km solo for 66 days, carrying a backpack of 30kg, finishing on the 05 August 2013 in the tiny outback goldfields town of Wiluna.

Gaynor was raising money for quadriplegic wheelchair rugby players under the banner Walk 4 Wheels and Walk 4 Wings in memory of hangglider pilot and friend, Bruce McClunan, who broke his neck on 1st April 2011.

Many class this walk as unsupported, done in a similar way as the first successful walkers lead by Murray Rankin in 1976.

Whilst I did not walk with vehicle support, or with another person, without the help of Andy Sutcliffe in establishing my supply route before the walk, and my food sponsors, this walk would not have been possible.  For this reason I class my 2013 desert walk only as SOLO .... by my own standards. Media interviews - TV, Radio, Newspapers and Magazines.


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