“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”.
Gary Hunter Executive Producer, BBC
Gary Leboff is
a regular contributor to BBC, ITN and Channel 4
News programmes and has featured on radio
programmes for Talksport, BRMB and Radio
Gary is familiar to many for his punditry in national newspapers.
Gary’s first book ‘Dare’ was
published in 2006.
Leboff's TV experience includes appearing in
major series for the BBC.
The Challenge placed eight amateur athletes in the
toughest sports events in the world. These included
13 day race to the South Pole in temperatures of
minus 60 degrees),The
non-stop 400 mile canoeing event across four days
and nights) and climbingMount
Everest. Training for such
events usually takes years and a minimum 20-30
sessions of sports psychology. In view of the time
constraints imposed by the BBC,
Gary had just three sessions to prepare the
Far exceeding all expectations, two of the
challengers won their races and
a third set a new world record. All experienced a
rapid increase in mental resilience, a growing
awareness of personal potential and a profound
improvement in performance.