It is with great sadness that we share the news of the untimely death of Sarah Fenwick, a longstanding member of the community, on 6 September.
Sarah graduated from what is now the Mastered Programme in 2006; she was already an experienced leadership coach and chartered sports psychologist, but typically, put herself through a bespoke programme to raise her game further, and coach executives at the very top.
Sarah’s motives for this were primarily not financial – she wanted to make a significant difference. Focused on working only with CEOs who were leading their organisations to be ethically or environmentally aware, she was ahead of her time. (And also, typically Sarah, she attained her target, winning her first such client in the year after Graduating!) Alongside her corporate work, she continued her high-performance coaching, and sports science, including in 2009 providing the psychological support to the Rivers of Ice Expedition across Patagonia.
In parallel, Sarah won medals at World and European championships for competitive paragliding and held three World Records. Her World Record for long-distance paragliding in particular went unbeaten for more than a decade. After she retired from that she took up sailing – and was within three years sailing in the World Championships! Yet she remained reassuringly down to earth – an odd phrase to use perhaps for someone who for over a decade beat everyone else in the world, female and male alike, at ‘cloudbase’!
She brought her wealth of high-performance sports science generously and often into the community, running a Brown Bag Lunch for us, the Psychometrics sessions in two Psychology Distilled courses, and informally on many occasions. One of her quotes which many of us found useful was typically pragmatic: on performance anxiety, Sarah would say, “There’s nothing wrong with having butterflies beforehand, it’s normal. The key is getting them to fly in formation!”
Warm, fun, generous, and holding us all to her own high standards (yet always kindly), Sarah was much loved, and will be deeply missed.
Founder of Meyler Campbell
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