“Challenges are what make life interesting. Overcoming them is what makes life meaningful”
Dr Ed Coats is a Specialist Registrar/Fellow in Reproductive Medicine in Nottingham, UK but is also an incredibly seasoned adventurer and explorer. As part of a 5 part TV Documentary series for the BBC entitled ‘On Thin Ice‘ he raced to the South Pole with James Cracknell and Ben Fogle. Prior to this he represented Great Britain as a track and field decathlete and also embarked on an epic ’30 at 30’ challenge which saw him participate in a host of extreme athletic events over the course of a year.
Dr Coats has also appeared on the TV documentary ‘North Pole Ice Airport‘ leading a ski expedition to the North Pole and has also led a series called ‘Extreme Classroom‘ taking children with challenging behavior to engaging learning environments including walking in Africa as part of the ‘Hottest Classroom On Earth’ episode.
On this episode we discuss what drives him to pursue such activities as a complement to his career in medicine and how to deal with adversity both in the hostile environments of the Antarctic and in day to day medical practice.
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