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  Scout leader becomes youngest at South Pole
Updated 03 January 2003, 10.27
Andrew at the Pole
A 23-year-old scout leader has become the youngest person to trek to the Antarctic South Pole.


The chilly trip took Andrew Cooney three weeks and he had to try and keep warm in temperatures as low as minus 52 degrees Celsius!

Speaking via satellite phone from the bottom of the world on Friday morning, Andrew said he felt "absolutely fantastic".

The scout leader beat 27-year-old Tom Avery's record which he set only five days ago.

Fact File
Andrew's trip
Started trek on 11 November
Walked 1175kms (730 miles)
Coped with terrible snowstorms
Had altitude sickness climbing up a polar glacier
Hurt shoulder after slipping on ice
Dragged a 200lb sledge
Completed journey two weeks early
Hopes to raise 10,000 for cancer research

More to come

And the record-breaking's not over yet.

A father and son are hot on Andrew's heels and hope to be the first son and dad to do the trek.

But there was failure for a team of Irishmen who were hoping to kite-fly their way to the Pole. They had to give up because of no wind!

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