Many of you will now know the purpose of our expedition to Antarctica, however I just wanted to quickly go through some of exciting opportunities that lie ahead for me and Stuart.
We have been fortunate enough to be selected to attend this years IAE2041 expedition to Antarctica organised and lead by polar explorer Robert Swan OBE, his organisation has a superb website www.2041.com which contains detailed information.
Kevin McCullough has been the driving force behind this opportunity and requested a written application from prospective candidates, I nervously wrote and re-wrote mine several times. Having to wait several days for a reply, Kevin finally gave me the good and very exciting news…….’I hope your passport is in date?’
Since then, which strangely seems months ago, I feel my feet havn’t touch the ground, with only 10days notice its been an eventful time. Having organised my own mountaineering expeditions, I know all the things that are required and would normally give myself 12-18 months to organise a trip like this!
I have to say it would be nigh on impossible if it wasn’t for the hard work, dedication and tenasity of Dawn Parker, what a person, if you were in any doubt how good Dawn is, look at the numbers…..18months planning/preperation in 10days! I have great respect. So a very big THANK YOU.
Our challenges don’t stop there, getting everything ready, tickets, travel arrangements, meetings, hotel bookings and more are just the first steps of this expedition, take a look at the equipment….
Shockingly most of that is cold weather clothing and cameras.
Over the last few days i’ve got to know Stuart and we are looking ahead to the challenges before us, this is a fantastic opportunity for us to gain a vast amount of information, ideas and leadersip skills from Robert Swan who is engaging and inspiring. It is those elements we intend to bring back and share with you all over the next few weeks, so please keep checking in for daily (if not frequent) updates to the blog.
The first challenge is all but complete, I know Stuart and I have been focused and have worked tirelessly over the last few days to ensure we have everything ready for this once in lifetime opportunity. I will be working as hard as I can to ensure I obtain, soak up, learn all the information I can to then deliver that information back to my colleagues at (but not exclusive) Sutton Bridge and across all aspects of the business, this is my challenge. It is up to you therefor to read the blog, keep in touch, leave comments, ask questions….no, demand information from us. This is my challenge to YOU.
I have set myself several goals to be achieved over the duration of the expedition, personal things like stepping onto the ice, capturing the awe of the space around me, the flora and fauna. Professionally I want to expand, follow ideas, be insired, gain the ability to nurture, inspire and motivate those around me, not just at work but with friends and family too. I have set the bar high to ensure I maximise this extraordinary opportunity.
Final words go to Dawn; To be able to work under extremely (and they have been extreme) demanding circumstances, Dawn has delivered results with professionalism and kindness, I have the utmost respect.
”It is the fear we feel that tells us it is the right thing to do, without the fear we are not pushing our boundaries”