Headed for Antarctica

Stefan Covic was awarded one of the two highly sought after Antarctic Youth Ambassadorships by the Sir Peter Blake Trust earlier this year, which will see him living at an Antarctic base as for a month as a 2014 Blake Ambassador.

This week Coca-Cola Amatil NZ employee, Stefan Covic, will be leaving the warmth of a New Zealand spring for the cool temperatures of Antarctica.

Covic, an NPD Planner, was awarded one of the two highly sought after Antarctic Youth Ambassadorships by the Sir Peter Blake Trust earlier this year, which will see him living at an Antarctic base as for a month as a 2014 Blake Ambassador.

The Sir Peter Blake Trust, in partnership with Antarctica New Zealand and the Antarctic Heritage Trust, has awarded two Antarctic Youth Ambassadorships in Management and Engineering. Covic has received the Management Award.

Sir Peter Blake Trust CEO, Shelley Campbell, says that the aim of the Blake Ambassador programme is to continue the leadership legacy of Sir Peter Blake, one of New Zealand’s greatest leaders and environmentalists.

Ms Campbell says, “The young leaders that were chosen really shone through the selection process and we hope that their once-in-a-lifetime experience with Antarctica New Zealand will encourage them take a lead role in caring for their environment and return home ready to educate and inspire those around them to want to make a difference too.”

The Trust describes Blake Ambassadors as “individuals with the determination and will to succeed” who have a “belief in achieving extraordinary things”. Other criterion for award selection requires that Ambassadors possess strong leadership ability, integrity, initiative and an innate willingness to learn.

Covic describes himself as adventurous with an immense “love and appreciation for the outdoors”. He is an avid SCUBA diver and tramping enthusiast with an invested interest in conservation. He currently holds certification in PADI’s Project Aware and Project AWARE Shark Conservation.

As an Ambassador, Covic will contribute to the environmental and heritage restoration work in Antarctica, educating others through his experience.

In anticipation of the expedition, Covic says he is most looking forward to using his experience in product development and project management to iron out “some of the issues they [the base] have with inventory and supply chain management”. With only one delivery of food and supplies each year, it’s an essential task to get right.

He adds, “There are so many things I look forward to; checking out some of the wildlife, such as Emperor Penguins and Leopard Seals, visiting some of the historic sites where Ernest Shackleton and Robert Scott started their expeditions.”

Stefan will be documenting his experience through a blog on the Sir Peter Blake Trust website