Phil is one of NZ’s leading all round sporting journalist and author of many books, including biographies for Grizz, Wylie, Joe Stanley, Mike Brewer, skipping rope Man Billy Graham and most recently Valerie Adams
The former captain of the All Blacks still has a high profile from his battle with cancer, his charity appearances and his work with prostate cancer awareness.
His coaching and motivation of the world Champion Seven's side has made him a legend in the sport. He has four Commonwealth Games Gold Medals to prove it!
Graeme has faced and won some big challenges. Now in a wheelchair but still producing television programmes. Really nice guy with fascinating stories of fishing, bear hunting etc
A great speaker and a really nice person, Keith has watched the rise and fall of many of our sporting teams during his years as a sports commentator for Olympic and Commonwealth Games.
Aaron Fleming is an Ironman, New Zealand’s Olympic Games torchbearer, an author, and one of New Zealand’s youngest speakers with one of the most moving tales you will ever hear …At 16, Aaron was a promising gymnast when his lung collapsed and had to undergo many surgeries to save his life. He was told he would never again be physically active. Following the grueling surgery and the devastating news, Aaron got addicted to his painkillers and suffered from severe depression. After hitting rock bottom, he decided to turn his life around. He went off his painkillers, finished school and went on to finish a degree in Science and Commerce specialising in Environmental Studies. He then discovered Ironman. Aaron's story is gripping, emotional and truly inspirational. He can talk about change, overcoming adversity, goal setting and perseverance.
From Masterton to Monaco on a motorbike is a long tough ride. Aaron competed in 229 World Superbike races and has stood on the World Superbike podium 87 times. He also won the gruelling Suzuka 8 hour endurance race three times in a row and that has set a record for the most consecutive wins in this important race in Japan. The journey to the top of the World Superbike racing world was an improbable one, made possible by sheer grit to overcome all obstacles in his path.
A born leader and very successful former All Black captain and player, Andy has combined the skills he learned on the rugby field with his business acumen.
Andy Haden was a leading figure in organising the 1986 Cavaliers tour. Haden also continues to play, being the driving force behind the “Classic All Blacks” who won the World Rugby Classic tournament in Bermuda for four years running. He also manages a very successful celebrity management service.
Andy has speed in his blood. Both his father and grandfather were powerboat champions. Andy prefers the track to the water, but racing is most definitely in his blood!
Ant Williams is recognized as one of the best free divers in the world. Ant can hold his breath for 7 1/2 minutes - in the ocean he can dive deeper than 225 feet on a single breath and in a pool he can swim 200 meters without breathing.
Entertaining life experiences that demonstrate the sacrifices needed for success. Former NZ netball player.
World Champion Board sailor and Olympic Gold Medallist. She won a gold medal at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, silver medal in 1996 (in Atlanta, Georgia), and a bronze medal in 2000 (in Sydney). She then finished finished 5th at the 2004 Games in Athens and sixth at the 2008 Games in Beijing. She is the first and only woman from New Zealand to compete at 5 Olympic Games. In 2009 Barbara was runner up in Dancing with the Stars and in 2010 she announced her retirement from boardsailer. With her warm and bubbly personality, Barbara is a delightful and inspirational speaker.
Billy Graham's presentations are 'punchy', 'lively' and 'fun'. He is full of energy and his humourous presentations are always memorable.
Sir Brian has made a significant contribution to the sport of rugby as a player, coach, and administrator at both a national and international level. He and went on to play 25 tests for New Zealand; 18 as Captain, with just three losses, and scored 21 points.
Colin "Pinetree" Meads - a man who commands total respect from rugby fans around the globe. His name is synonymous with the beginning of New Zealand rugby, and the beginning of All Black greatness. Having sold his farm in the Waikato, Colin now lives in Hamilton and is still very involved in rugby issues
Hear from this four times World Champion and eight times British Open Squash Champion, now facing different challenges in her life combining a business career with being a mother to 4 boys. She has recently launched a new initiative for women “Wonderwalkers”
Dick Tayler has an inspirational story with amusing anecdotes and poignant messages.
Dillon played over 100 games for the NZ Mens Basketball Team (Tall Blacks) between 1989 and 2008. These include an Olympics, a Commonwealth Games and three World Championship including the memorable tournament in 2002 where NZ finished fourth. He has had 16 international tours with the team. With the NZ Breakers he has won the NBL in both 2010-11 and 2011-2012.
Don started his career with the New Zealand Black Sox as a player from 1987 to 1991. He was part of the team when they attended and won the Silver Medal at the 1988 World Series.
Eric Rush is as explosive and engaging on stage as he was on the football field. He's humourous, smart and has some great business lessons to share.
Reaching your full potential so you can lift the performance of your team and business can be achieved with the guidance of a skilled professional. His skills have been highly sought after by the All Blacks, The Canterbury Crusaders, Super 12 rugby team and the New Zealand Cricket Team. You will find Gilbert’s workshops ‘matter of fact’ and interactional providing you with the winning tools and skills used by many of our corporate and sporting heroes.
Ian Ferguson is New Zealand's most successful athlete. He has won 4 Olympic gold medals and a silver, plus 5 World Championship medals for kayaking. He raced singles, doubles and fours, but was most famous as a duo with his doubles partner Paul MacDonald. In 1996 Ferg was awarded the Olympian of the Century award by New Zealand's Olympic Association.
As one of the most capped All Blacks ever (79 tests) Ian is one of New Zealand rugby’s greatest ever locks. He spent 3 years in the United Kingdom and now works as a comments man for Sky Television. Ian is an articulate and entertaining speaker. He speaks about coaching, leadership and team dynamics, relating sport to business and includes generous doses of humour.
James Castrission and Justin Jones earnt their place in history, when they became the first people to successfully kayak 3318km across the treacherous Tasman Sea. Staggering upon the shores of New Zealand the adventurers were sun-burnt, bearded, underweight, physically and mentally wasted … and most of all happy to be alive.
Janine has over 10 years experience in the fitness industry and during this time has compiled a list of achievements few encounter in a lifetime. Having began as an overweight, solo mother at the age of 20, Janine ran away to find a life.
Jason was a Super 12 rugby player whose story makes compelling listening. It tells of the courage and strength an individual can find when life deals out some cruel blows. Jason tells his story – as a professional rugby player who suffers the worst of all injuries, a broken neck. Listen as he begins a new career as a policeman – and then has to face life threatening brain surgery.
An outstanding teambuilder and motivator, John Adshead was engaged by Michael Fay’s America’s Cup Challenge to manage and co-ordinate the team. He received wide acclaim for his involvement in the New Zealand challenge and as crew motivator and confidante he played a key role in maintaining morale under high pressure conditions.
John has now retired from competitive international rugby with the Wallabies. A truly great sporting personality.
A man of many words - when it comes to sport - John has been a prominent sports commentator for nearly thirty years. He began his impressive rugby commentating career at Carisbrook in Dunedin in the late 70's, and then, on shifting to Wellington, he became the country's top commentator with Radio New Zealand. A move to TVNZ in late 1992 saw him form a formidable and popular partnership with Keith Quinn, which continued through till the last rugby World Cup.