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Dr. Sharifah Mazlina Syed Abdul Kadir - Malaysian Polar Explorer who ski-sailed across Antarctica

Renata Chlumska  - Adventure athlete who became the first Swedish and Czech woman to climb Mount Everest and in 2005 did a circumnavigate of the lower 48 States of the United States by her own power.

Dr. Hajjah Sharifah Mazlina Syed Abdul Kadir is a lecturer at the Faculty of Sports Science and Recreation, Universiti Teknology MARA (UiTM).

She successfully ski-sailed across the Antarctic, from the South Pole to the Hercules Inlet from Dec 9 to 30, 2004.

The 1,100km-long journey took her 22 days to complete.

She reached the North Pole in 2007 and Greenland in 2011.

In 2019 she was back at this South Pole, this time as the leader of the All Women Expedition to Antarctica (AWETA) team. Which involved completing the “last degree” 60 nautical miles (69 mi/111 km) from 89 degrees to 90 degrees.

Dr. Hajjah Sharifah Mazlina Syed Abdul Kadir created her very own psychological concept called M.E.P.S.

M = Mental (power and strength of mind), E = Emotion (including spiritual aspects as well), P = Physical (ability and endurance of the body), S = Social (ability and intellectual). A concept that focuses on mental strength, getting out of your comfort zone and maximising your own potential. The MEPS Concept has helped over 300,000 people to date.

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Show notes

  • Her full time job as a sports psychologist

  • Having a focus on women empowerment

  • Being a confident and active person

  • Loving sports and being involved in multiple activities

  • Doing her first degree in physical education

  • Going to Canada to do a Masters in Psychology

  • Creating the MEPSS Concept

  • Wanting to create a balanced human being

  • Needing to put the concept into practice

  • Being a mental training coach in the Commonwealth Games in Malaysia

  • Starting work as a lecturer

  • Needing to go somewhere extreme to challenge her limits

  • Coping with the cold

  • Needed to put a plan in place in order to achieve this dream

  • Needing to learn new skills for dealing with the cold

  • Training 5hrs each day - both weights and cardio

  • Needing to build her endurance

  • Pulling tyres at night when it was cooler

  • Doing her research

  • Going to Norway for training

  • 2004 South Pole Expedition

  • 1,127km in 22 days - from South Pole back to base camp

  • Being a Muslim women in Antarctica

  • Food and nutrition in a cold extreme environment

  • Dealing with the cold

  • The biggest challenge she faced while on expedition

  • Why the North Pole was the most challenging expedition

  • Dealing with frostbite on her face

  • Telling her mum about her goals

  • Needed to ask for a sabbatical from work

  • Starting with Google

  • Creating a proposal with all the information

  • Working to inspire young girls and women

  • Creating a time capsule

  • Doing a talent search all over Malaysia

  • Being called the “Ice Queen”

  • Looking for 5 key qualities

  • Looking for good human beings

  • Getting the team together to do the last degree in Antarctica

  • Planning her online motivation program


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