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Riaan Manser - Pure Inspiration Riaan Manser – Extreme Adventurer, Dynamic Speaker and Best-Selling Author
In a World First, top adventurer Riaan Manser and his girlfriend of 14 years, Vasti Geldenhuys, went on a 10 700 km ocean rowing adventure! Alone and unaided, the duo set off from Agadir, Morocco, enduring a 105 day crossing of the Atlantic in a 7 meter rowing boat, landing in Miami, USA on 7 May 2014. In another world first, almost incredibly, Riaan Manser was the first person to cycle around the perimeter of the continent of Africa. It took him two years, two months and fifteen days. He rode 36 500 kilometres through 34 different countries. In 2009 Riaan again set another world first when he became the first person to circumnavigate the world’s fourth largest island of Madagascar by kayak; another expedition achieved alone and unaided. In 2011 Riaan completed his “Iceland Inspiration” journey. This expedition saw Riaan partnered by Dan Skinstad, who has mild cerebral palsy.
Chris Bertish - Pure Inspiration Chris Bertish – Monster Wave Rider and Championship-Winning Surfer
Chris Bertish has won the Maverick's Big Wave International surfing event in the biggest and heaviest waves ever recorded in the history of the sport, and has a string of other notable world firsts under his belt. He has just recently returned from competing in the Stand Up Paddle World Championships in Peru for a second time, where he again made a top 10 finish. Next year he aims to be the first person to paddle an SUP across the Atlantic Ocean. Along the way Chris has mastered the gift of talking an amazingly inspirational story, and so has become a global Motivational Keynote speaker who travels the world inspiring audiences to believe, that they too, can achieve great things, with the right self-belief, attitude and focus. It’s just a matter of choice.
Janie du Plessis - Pure Inspiration Janie du Plessis – Former Television Personality and Model • Breast Cancer Survivor
Gorgeous, entertaining and hugely inspiring, it’s not surprising that Janie du Plessis was one of South Africa's youngest ever TV presenter. Her personal charm and enduring good looks make her a popular South African celebrity who, today, is much in demand for guest appearances, magazine covers, advertising promotions, TV shows, public speaking tours and more. Each 'performance' is unique and she seldom speaks from notes. ("My audience usually guides me into the direction the speech needs to go.") She prefers to tap into her audience, quickly getting them on board through infectious humour and a very genuine concern. Janie encourages her audiences to want to pick themselves up… dust themselves off… and make a new start.
Chris Waddell - Pure Inspiration Chris Waddell - Most Decorated Male Skier in Paralympic History
Chris Waddell was a promising young skier at Middlebury College in 1988 when a skiing accident left him paralyzed from the waist down. Determined to get back on the slopes, he began skiing on a monoski roughly one year later. A little more than two years later, Waddell was named to the US Disabled Ski Team. He went on to become the most decorated male skier in Paralympic history, winning twelve medals over four games, and spending a total of 11 years on the US Disabled Ski Team. He is one of a select few who has medaled in both summer and winter games. In the fall of 2009, Waddell became the first paraplegic to summit Mt. Kilimanjaro unassisted, and in 2010, he was inducted into both the Paralympic Hall of Fame and the US Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame. Waddell speaks to the resilience of the human condition, with topics ranging from leadership to adversity to quality of life.
Annette Jahnel - Pure Inspiration Annette Jahnel – Global Adventurer, Explorer and Top Photographer: “My Year of Beds"
To travel alone is to develop a deep awareness of your own ignorance and insignificance and to become aware of the grand splendour of the planet that harbours us and the universe of which we are a small part. Join Annette Jahnel, the first woman to drive solo around the planet, in a glorified delivery van called ‘The Wish Mobile’. Share Annette’s experiences as she explores the caves of Slovenia; swims in the crystal water of Croatia and nearly drives off the top of Mount Olympus in Greece and learns how to drink horse milk beer before camping in the Charyn Canyon under the silver full moon.
Lewis Pugh - Pure Inspiration Lewis Pugh - "Ocean Advocate and Pioneer Swimmer"
Lewis Pugh is one of the world’s leading inspirational and leadership speakers and an authority on how to achieve the “impossible”. He was the first person to complete a long distance swim in every ocean of the world. He was the first to undertake a swim across the icy waters of the North Pole and the first to swim across a glacial lake on Mt Everest. In a career spanning 27 years the maritime lawyer has pioneered more swims around famous landmarks than any other swimmer in history. Lewis is a vivid storyteller. His ability to make his story matter has made him one of the most sought after speakers in the world. He talks about the methods he uses to undertake swims, which were deemed “impossible” – choosing the right team, meticulous preparation, the right mind-set, never quitting, and changing when circumstances dictate. Most of all, he talks about having a driving purpose, which for him is to protect our oceans. Lewis has received numerous awards. In 2010, the World Economic Forum named him a Young Global Leader. In 2013, the United Nations appointed him “Patron of the Oceans”. In the same year, he was also inducted into the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame. His book “Achieving the Impossible” is an international bestseller.
Kate Emmerson - Pure Inspiration Kate Emmerson – South Africa’s Leading De-Clutter Specialist
Looking for a dynamic, down to earth, yet powerhouse female speaker or MC? Someone that your audience and staff will instantly connect with and whom you will get incredible take-home value from? Kate Emmerson will WAKE UP your audience by utilising her distinctively fresh and light approach, guided by her motto of LIVE LIGHT, LIVE LARGE! Having carved a name for herself in the past 11 years, Kate epitomises honesty, integrity and practicality ensuring you understand what it takes to live an awesome life. Kate is passionate about personal and corporate productivity. Using engaging statistics and practical exercises, she will have you seriously thinking about easy-to-implement solutions to increase your productivity and stop mucking about.
Barry Blomkamp - Pure Inspiration Barry Blomkamp – “Turbo Talk: You don’t need Sight to have Vision!”
After a meteoric rise up the entrepreneurial ladder and well-set to do extremely well for himself, a silly mistake resulted in a motor car crash which almost cost Barry Blomkamp his life. Suddenly totally blind, contemplating amputation of both his legs, physically and mentally broken, forced to stay months in hospital, his young family in ruins, his expanding business down the tubes, reliving the mistake every day, emotional despair, feeling trapped in a disabled body with no way out - then, the light... he extracted an extremely important lesson from the tragic mess he had found himself in. With fifteen years of public speaking experience, and virtually every conference he speaks at evaluating him as "Best Speaker", Barry Blomkamp is a top Inspirational Speaker.
David Grier - Pure Inspiration David Grier - Inspirational Speaker, Celebrity Chef and Extreme Adventurer
David Grier is an inspirational speaker, celebrity chef and extreme adventurer, having completed the first ever joint continuous run of the Great Wall of China, some 4000km in 98 days. In February 2012 David completed his 4000 km run of India in 93 days. David is always pushing his adventure side as well. Summiting Mt Kilimanjaro, running the Comrades Marathon, the 2 Oceans Marathon, the Puffer Ultra Marathon, and the Le Grand Raid - the worlds hardest single stage mountain race, 128km.
Braam Malherbe - Pure Inspiration Braam Malherbe - Extreme Athlete, Global Adventurer, Top Speaker and Television Presenter
Braam Malherbe completed a world first when he ran the entire length of the Great Wall of China in one go! That's distance of over 4, 200kms at a rate of over a marathon per day! Then he completed a second world first at the end of 2008, running from Namibia to Mozambique following the South African coastline – a distance of over 3, 300kms. Braam recently returned from Antarctica, where he took part in the grueling Scott-Amundsen Centenary Race to the Pole. Braam and Peter van Kets represented South Africa in one of the most extreme races in the world, a 704km odyssey across Antarctica to mark the centenary of the first-ever trip to the South Pole in 1912. They finished the race on 29 January 2012 in third place.
Shurnell Andersson - Pure Inspiration Shurnell Andersson - Exceptional Coach, Speaker, Trainer and Performer!
Mother, wife and passionate believer in the potential of people! Shurnell Andersson is a brilliant Inspirational Performer, an internationally accredited Life Coach specialising in Workplace and Personal Relationships and Child & Youth coaching and an energizing Workshop Facilitator & Trainer. Shurnell has a background in Social Work and many years experience in Behaviour Change, Personal and Team transformation and Youth Development. Over 20 years of experience in human development has helped Shurnell hone her natural ability and allowed her to expand her talent for growing and inspiring others to reach their potential.
Peter van Kets - Pure Inspiration Peter van Kets - “OutThere” Magazine’s Adventurer of the Year 2011 • Second place, Solo Class, Atlantic Rowing Race 2010 • Joint winner of the Atlantic Rowing Race 2007
Peter van Kets is one of South Africa’s top adventurers and international keynote/inspirational speakers and a passionate conservationist. He has recently returned from an unsupported race across Antarctica to the South Pole to commemorate Scott and Amundsens race 100 years ago. In 2008 Peter made his name known in the world of extreme adventure by winning the unsupported Woodvale Trans-Atlantic Rowing Race together with friend Bill Godfrey. With this he was awarded the South African Premiers Award and the Eastern Cape Sports Star of the year (2008) Award. In 2010 Peter spent 76 days alone in a 7 meter rowing boat crossing the Atlantic. His epic 5438 Km unsupported row across the Atlantic was a first for any African. With this he was awarded the S.A. OutThere Adventurer of the Year 2011. Peter writes an inspirational column for the Leadership Magazines – Leadership in Sport. He also writes an inspirational column for the business magazine “Blue Chip”.
Sibusiso Vilane - Pure Inspiration Sibusiso Vilane – “Beyond Everest” First South African, and the first black person in the world, to complete the Three Poles Challenge!
On Thursday 12 April 2012, Sibusiso Vilane became the first South African, and the first black person in the world, to complete the Three Poles Challenge, when he arrived at the North Pole. Sibusiso overcame the harsh environment and a 112km trek on foot to achieve a life-long ambition. He has already conquered Mount Everest, the Andes, and the South Pole. In January 2008 Sibusiso Vilane and his partner Alex Harris were also the first South Africans to complete an unsupported and unassisted walk to the Geographic South Pole, earning them the title of 2007 “Out There” magazine Adventurers of the Year’!
Abner Mariri  - Pure Inspiration Abner Mariri - "Make It Happen!"
Abner is an inspirational speaker whose enthusiasm is contagious. He consistently dazzles his audience – not with complicated theories but with real life examples of the importance of persistence, determination, passion and hard work. During his seven years in the United States, Abner obtained a Bachelor’s Degree from UCLA. In addition, this multi-talented professional speaker also worked on many entertainment projects which lead him to cross paths with comedian Bill Cosby, Little Steven, the legendary music producer Quincy Jones and Mrs Martin Luther King Jnr - the widow of the great American Civil Rights Leader.
Cameron van den Burgh - Pure Inspiration Cameron van den Burgh - 2012 Olympic Gold Medal Winner • World-Record Holder
On 29 July 2012 Cameron van den Burgh won the first gold medal for Africa at the 2012 London Olympics, and set a new World Record for the 100 meter breaststroke. Cameron is considered one of the strongest breaststrokers in the world over short distance. In 2010 the South African champion confirmed his international supremacy as one of the world’s strongest breaststrokers. At the October Commonwealth Games, he won gold in both the 50m and 100m breaststroke, and at the World Short Course Championships in Dubai in December, he won the world title for the 100m breaststroke, while picking up a silver medal at the 50m distance.
Hein Wagner - Pure Inspiration Hein Wagner - "Blind Man With A Vision!"
No one is as blind as those who refuse to see. Let Hein Wagner take you on an awe inspiring journey and show you the world through the eyes of a blind man with vision! Hein has: Completed the East London 70.3 Ironman • First blind rider to finish the Cape Epic! • Set the World Record for a blind driver travelling at a speed of 322.5kph • Finished the Hong Kong Marathon and the New York Marathon • Set a World Blind Solo Cycling Record! • Completed the Cape to Rio Yacht Race 1993 • Climbed the 10 highest mountains in the Western Cape, and more! A dynamic presenter, Hein bases his presentations around his incredible experiences, and covers such topics as self motivation, teamwork, sales, overcoming personal challenges, and perseverance.
Kim van Kets - Pure Inspiration Kim van Kets - Global Adventurer and Extreme Athlete
After having run the the Comrades and Two Oceans and countless road races for many years, Kim van Kets discovered trail running and was hooked by the solitude and beauty of the sport. Since then she has run a number of extreme off road races including the Addo Elephant 100 mile Trail Run (first woman and 6th overall), the 270km Transkei ultra from Port St Johns to East London (first woman and 4/5th overall), the 250km self-sufficiency race across the Kalahari (KAEM) etc. She has also paddled and cycled for many years and taken part in various multi discipline adventure races. Kim most recently completed an extreme and epic 6 772 km circumnavigation of South Africa in 2011 where she covered the distance on foot, bike and kayak in 148 days.
Justin Cohen - Pure Inspiration Justin Cohen - The Psychology of Success • Creating Sales Superstars • Super Service • What's Your Story?
Justin Cohen is the author of four books and seven audiobooks. He hosted a TV show in which he interviewed some of the world’s top experts on success. As a leading authority on human potential, with a postgraduate degree in Psychology, Justin Cohen speaks and trains in the fields of motivation, sales, service and leadership. Over the past twelve years he has presented in fourteen countries, and in virtually every industry, to an average of eight thousand people annually. Justin is a Certified Speaking Professional and a Southern African Speaker Hall of Fame inductee.
Victor Vermeulen - Pure Inspiration Victor Vermeulen – “The Winner Within” Positive Attitude • Endurance • Success • Overcoming Tough Times
A best-selling author, his book. “The Victor Within”, has sold over 21,000 copies. Victor has experienced firsthand the incredible power of resilience – he is a quadriplegic who injured himself in a swimming pool accident nine years ago. Before this time he was a gifted athlete who could have played professional cricket, soccer and rugby.
Robin Banks - Pure Inspiration Robin Banks – “Success is a Choice” Self Motivation • Positive Attitude • Vision • Goals
Robin is South Africa’s leading authority on Mind Power and a highly sought-after international speaker. His positive attitude, passion and energy are infectious. A dynamic motivational speaker and a gifted trainer, Robin’s mission is to empower people to take charge of their lives and create a brighter future for themselves.
Alex Harris - Pure Inspiration Alex Harris – “Conquerors of Antarctica: A Story about Persistence and Guts” Leadership • Teamwork • Learning From Failure • Strategy
Alex Harris has been climbing mountains for two decades, and has led more than 20 expeditions to some of the furthest corners of the planet. He has climbed the seven summits, the highest mountains on all seven continents, and has led expeditions to both the north and south side of Everest. He is also a multiple South African Track cycling champion and in 2006 won a silver medal at the World Masters Track cycling champs. In early 2007 Alex became the first African to walk unsupported to the South Pole, a journey that took 65 days and covered almost 1, 200kms. In 2011 Alex won the 2011 Freedom Challenge Race Across South Africa in a record time of 12 days and 15 hours. In June 2013, Alex came 3rd in the Tour Divide (TD). The TD is the world’s longest unsupported mountain bike race and the Grand Tour of mountain biking.
Tracy Todd - Pure Inspiration Tracy Todd - “Why Walk When You Can Soar!” Life is about attitude and effort • Turn negatives into positives • Laugh more often • Appreciate the miracle of life!
Tracy bares her soul as she shares her life changing experience. It is a story of tragedy and loss but more importantly it is the uplifting story of courage and inspiration. Her perfect world was shattered when she was involved in an accident leaving her paralysed from the neck down. Her entire world fell apart. Her new world is extremely different. Using her quick intellect, beautiful voice, sparkling eyes and her radiant smile, Tracy takes you on journey through her life, sharing her triumph over adversity and her deepest thoughts and emotions to inspire you to count your many blessings… just like she still does despite her misfortune.


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