If there is nothing quite so powerful as the force of a woman on a determined path to achieve her goals, then sure there is nothing more powerful than nine women as a group encouraging each other along such a path.

In Brisbane, in mid 2008, a group of women friends met at the wake of a friend who had died of diabetes-related causes. Egged along by this timely reminder of their mortality, they resolved to unite in a collective effort to push through their personal barriers and achieve their long-held desires.

Reasoning that they were about to unleash their latent talents on an unsuspecting world, the nine friends registered the group under the name 9 Ante Portas (since they saw it as taking them through the gates to their objectives). Their first target was to hold an art show during Brisbane