BBC's series, The Challenge, provided the ultimate test of coaching ability. Gary was given just three sessions to prepare total newcomers taking part in the world's toughest sports events. Nothing they had ever encountered would prepare the contestants for the physical and mental challenges they would face.
We were greatly reliant on Gary's expertise. Success or failure would largely depend on the resilience of contestants under conditions of extreme stress. Learning and utilising psychological tools at short notice was essential.
Gary took a strategic approach, creating a psychological toolkit for each event and equipping contestants with a mental gameplan. I understand that he did so by adapting many of the tools he had previously used in the arenas of business and sport.
The results achieved were beyond expectations. Two of the contestants formed part of teams that won their races and a third set a world record. All paid significant credit for their success to the work they had done with Gary”.