Jason Fox, otherwise known as ‘Foxy’, is a former Royal Marine Commando and Special Forces Sergeant who has led and executed large-scale global operations including hostage rescue, counter-terrorism and counter-narcotics missions as well as being a professional bodyguard, to name but a few! The skills and experience gained from his time in the military, plus the extreme challenges he now takes on as part of ‘Team Essence’ means he is the perfect guest speaker at our WEMski mini-conference.
Having joined the military at 16 years of age, Jason served with the Royal Marine Commandos and ten years later, after a gruelling 6-month selection process joined the Special Forces. He served with the Special Boat Service as a demolition and counter-terrorism expert, Special Forces dog handler, jungle survival expert and combat swimmer and due to his exceptional leadership skills reached the rank of Sergeant. It was during Jason’s 20-year career in the military that he learnt to focus on the end goal, have a tenacious attitude and to keep himself both physically and mentally fit, which allowed him to stay at the top of his game.
Upon leaving the Special Forces in 2012, Jason experienced working within the corporate sector and security industry where he combined his expertise from the Special Forces with his experience in a business setting. It was in 2015 that Jason stepped into the world of TV and film, assisting production crews who were working in hostile environments such as jungles, deserts and the Arctic. He is now involved in Channel 4’s series ‘SAS: Who Dares Wins’ as a Special Forces instructor, giving us a small taste of action and adventure around the world.
As a leader, motivator and all round inspirational figure we can’t wait to have Jason Fox join us at WEMski. As well as discussing how he coped under pressure in some of the most challenging situations, Jason will explain how having a strong positive mental attitude helped him overcome dangerous encounters and achieve personal goals.
We are thrilled to welcome Jason to our WEMski faculty and to give you a little taste of what Jason will be talking about at WEMski, we asked him these three questions…
Q. What skills would you say are vital in an extreme and challenging environment?
A. For me, I would say it’s imperative to have a plan in place as this will give you a structure to follow as well as acting as a guide throughout your challenge. But, it’s important to remain flexible and be adaptable to your situation and the changing circumstances when required and to keep a positive attitude throughout. Due to the extreme conditions and challenging situations you’ll find yourself in, mental robustness is key in any challenging environment.
Q. What first interested you in taking on extreme physical and psychological challenges?
A. Having joined the military at a young age (I was 16 years old), I’ve always wanted to push and challenge myself both physically and mentally. Having been wired like this from an early age, it’s now something I continually need to do.
Q. What has been your scariest ‘extreme’ challenge / situation and why?
A. I spent 20 years in the military and a decade of that in the Special Forces, I’ve experienced a lot of scary moments as you can imagine. It was while rowing unsupported across the Atlantic in March 2016 as part of a 5-man world record-breaking challenge team that I experienced some of the most frightening times. During the challenge, we were battered by strong winds and 20ft waves and ended up capsizing 3 times which was both scary and extremely dangerous, especially with a shark stalking us!
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