On Friday 22 April, IAATO’s Jérôme Poncet (Golden Fleece Expeditions) and Executive Director, Dr. Kim Crosbie, were awarded their Polar Medals at Buckingham Palace in London. Prince William did the honours.
The Polar Medal is awarded to those who have made outstanding contributions to our knowledge of the polar regions. As far as we’re aware, Kim’s and Jérôme’s medals were both firsts, Kim’s for contributions to polar visitor management and Jérôme’s for efforts as yacht master in support of science and education. This is tremendous recognition for their work, but also highlights the huge success of the IAATO community over the last 25 years.
A group of friends and colleagues waited outside the palace gates to cheer them on as Kim and Jérôme emerged. Amusingly, the cheering and whooping caused a crowd of onlookers to rush over to see who the ‘famous’ people were, resulting in several selfie requests from excited London tourists. They obliged of course!
Afterwards there was a celebratory lunch at the Dukes Hotel. Congratulates to both Kim and Jérôme.