Cold comfort

Sarah Fenwick can boast one of the strangest and quickest assignments of most people’s coaching careers – supporting a polar expedition. She reveals the huge pressures – and the lessons learned by all. “It’s awful, the worst day of our lives”, and a tearful, “If it wasn’t for Tarka I’d quit.” These were the opening comments of a satellite phone call I received from the top of the world’s third largest ice cap. They were to lead to the most intense and challenging seven minutes of my coaching career. The call came about because...

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