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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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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