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Meet the judges: Preet Chandi 

Preet Chandi, Woman of the Year 2022

Captain Preet Chandi joined the Royal Army Medical Corps in 2008 as a Combat Medical Technician, she commissioned into the Army Reserves in 2012 and joined the Regular Army in 2016. She is currently serving as a physiotherapist and has completed large scale exercises/deployments in Nepal, Kenya and South Sudan. She completed her Sports and Exercises Medicine MSc in Oct 2021.

In 2022, Preet became the ninth woman in history to ski solo to the South Pole and the first woman of colour to complete a solo expediOon on the conOnent. In 2023, Preet set out on her next adventure, during which, she broke two Guinness world records for the longest solo unsupported one-way ski expediOon by a woman and overall. As part of the endeavour, she covered 922 miles in 70 days.

In 2022, she completed more than four months of school talks in 2022 all over the UK, reaching more than 18,000 students. That same year, she was appointed a Member of the Order of the BriOsh Empire (MBE) as part of the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

She won the ‘InspiraOonal’ and ‘Woman of the Year’ awards at the inaugural Women in Defence event in October 2022 and received an honorary masters at Derby University in 2022 and Queen Mary’s University of London in 2023.