ABOUT TEAM HEMISPHERES UNITED
Irma & Mandy are fulfilling their dream of participating in their 2nd Rebelle Rally. The Rally is the first women’s only off-road navigation rally held in the United States and truly showcases the strength and resilience women have, especially when working together. The event is a 10-day rally starting in Nevada and finishing in California where we’ll be navigating to hidden checkpoints in our vehicle using only a compass and map over 2000+km!
Together, despite their geographic locations, Irma (Hawaii) and Mandy (Maryland) share many important values and goals, which make them great competitors in this Rally! The Rebelle Rally inspires women to go out of their comfort zone to complete a rally that will not only teach them more about themselves and strengthen their confidence, but will also provide a network of strong women.
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An Army veteran residing in Maryland with her off-roading husband and dog. She was born into the military, served in the Army for six years starting at the age of 17, completed school at Indiana University and then found herself in Maryland.
While in the military, she was introduced to off-roading in a defensive driving course, which kickstarted her love for Offroading. She met her husband who is also big into Overlanding and vehicle travel in his 2008 Jeep Wrangler JK8 and they now travel together with their dog Roady, wherever and whenever possible.
2020 was her Rookie Year with the Rebelle Rally and based on her amazing experiences and fun with her teammate, Irma, doing the Rally in 2021 was a no brainer. The Rebelle serves up challenges like no other, which are addicting and also beneficial to becoming a better person, both at the Rally and outside of it! It gets you out of your comfort zone, increase confidence, and provides a network of amazing people from the Offroad community. Mandy looks forward to 2021 and sharing her experiences from the Rally with others!
Random facts about Mandy:
She has her CrossFit CF-L2 trainer certificate and USA Weightlifting Level 2 certificate, which she uses to coach on side at Blue Crab CrossFit in Hanover, MD.
Her daily driver, a 2020 Jeep Gladiator Rubicon, which is a special ordered manual transmission!
A South African born Creative Director, currently living in Hawaii.
Irma grew up Overlanding through Africa with her family in their Land Rover Defender and fell in love with the bush and its people. Having grown up in a culture where women are still seen second to men and witnessing first hand how girls still don't have a voice, a fire grew in her to push boundaries and inspire other women and girls to believe in their dreams. By competing with Mandy in the 2020 Rebelle Rally, she found her community of like-minded, strong women who aren't afraid to take a risk and to live their lives to the fullest
Random facts about Irma:
She is an Internationally published photographer and designer.
Translating Afrikaans quotes into English was a huge hit at the 2020 Rebelle, such as the phrase "shooting cats," meaning to throw up.