James Castrission

Keynote Speaker

On the 26th January 2012, James Castrission made history by completing the longest unsupported polar expedition of all time, alongside his best mate, Jonesy. In 100 years of polar exploration no-one had EVER walked from the edge of Antarctica to the South Pole and back without assistance. Many had tried, none had succeeded. After 89 gruelling days they made it back to the coast after having skied 2275km with everything they needed to survive in the harshest environment on Earth.

Four years earlier they Crossed the Ditch – paddling 3,318km without assistance across the Tasman Sea for another world first. They braved 10 metre swells, howling winds, endured severe food and sleep deprivation and adverse winds and currents. They became the first kayakers to cross the Tasman Sea as well as becoming the longest transoceanic double kayak expedition.

Based in Sydney

About

On the 26th January 2012, James Castrission made history by completing the longest unsupported polar expedition of all time, alongside his best mate, Jonesy. In 100 years of polar exploration no-one had EVER walked from the edge of Antarctica to the South Pole and back without assistance. Many had tried, none had succeeded. After 89 gruelling days they made it back to the coast after having skied 2275km with everything they needed to survive in the harshest environment on Earth.

Four years earlier they Crossed the Ditch – paddling 3,318km without assistance across the Tasman Sea for another world first. They braved 10 metre swells, howling winds, endured severe food and sleep deprivation and adverse winds and currents. They became the first kayakers to cross the Tasman Sea as well as becoming the longest transoceanic double kayak expedition.

Cas is highly regarded as one of Australia’s premier public speakers. He has written 2 bestselling books: Crossing the Ditch and Extreme South.

Earlier in his life, James Castrission paddled the infamous Bass Strait and became the first to kayak the length of the Murray River, all 2560km.

International climbing expeditions have been led in America (Mt McKinley, Alaska and The Nose, El Capitan), New Zealand (notable ascents: Mt Cook and Mt Aspiring) and Papua New Guinea.

James Castrission as a keynote speaker has now shared his incredible story with over 320,000 people around the world. Insights into leadership, teamwork, risk management and how to overcome adversity have captivated global audiences.

James holds a Bachelor of Commerce at the University of Sydney, and has worked both as an Accountant and Management Consultant for Deloitte Touche Tomatsu.

TOPICS

THE 6 STEP JOURNEY FROM INSPIRATION TO EXECUTION

In this lively keynote you’ll learn the critical steps that ensured I not only survived, but achieved two Guinness World Record adventures.

I’ve developed this six step model so that your organisation can apply my learnings to achieving any BHAG (Big Hairy Audacious Goal). Whether it’s a roadmap to achieving your 2020 vision or launching a new product. It’s a model that will help your team build clarity and alignment to organisational achieving the impossible.

COLLABORATING TO WIN

Effective collaboration is the most important element of success, whether you’re striving to grow a company or you’re voyaging across an ocean or tundra. Without real collaboration both endeavours are bound to fail.

In this engaging keynote you’ll learn critical steps in creating a tribe that is aligned and working together, that supports each other, and that doesn’t put personal ambition and success over that of the organisation.

This is the perfect session on how to develop a “culture” that is geared towards collaboration, and ultimately: success.

FEEL THE EXCITEMENT AND DANGER OF TWO OF THE GREATEST ADVENTURES IN HISTORY

My other two keynotes – Crossing the Ditch & Crossing the Ice – are highly motivating, story-based presentations perfect for motivating and inspiring an audience to open or close a conference.

You’ll be thrilled as I take you on an audio-visual journey through two of the greatest feats of adventuring in history.

Imagine facing white-capped ocean swells as tall as a four story building and struggling across blinding-white ice sheets as far as the eye can see. These international keynote presentations will stick with your audience for years to come.

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