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The team members have diverse backgrounds, but all three are medical students in their final year at St George’s, University of London. They will be the first team of medical students to complete the expedition to the south pole.

Rob Conway, 28 from Wimbledon, London, is the expedition leader and an insulin dependent diabetic. Rob was one of the youngest fellows of the Royal Geographical Society and has led a number of expeditions, the last of which was to Bolivia investigating altitude sickness. Rob regularly talks around the UK on expeditions and wilderness medicine and has contributed to a number of publications in these fields. He will be the first diabetic to make the geographic south pole with no resupply.

Toby Williams, 22 from North Yorkshire, the youngest member of the team and an army officer, is an endurance athlete of note who recently competed in the Karrimor International Mountain Marathon and has ridden the route of the Tour de France. Toby will be the youngest British person to the south pole.

Doug Orr, 28 from Stockwell, London, is a snowboarder and surfer whose previous expeditions have included ice climbing on the Franz-Josef Glacier in New Zealand, and motorcycling the length of Europe, Africa, South-East Asia and Australasia.

As if that wasn’t enough they are all young, enthusiastic and committed medics with a serious 'joie de vivre'!