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Summary Profile

Peter van Kets - Explorer - Adventurer One of South Africa's top Adventurers and conference speakers, Peter van Kets has just returned from a 76 day unsupported solo row across the Atlantic Ocean. Peter's new talk which he calls Taking Ownership of Your Life comes from his latest expedition's motto Own Your Life. He relates his critical success factors to the business world using his expeditions as a real/true life example of achieving success. He focuses on inspiring sales teams, leadership teams and sports teams. Peter is a passionate speaker and is totally devoted to inspiring people and changing their lives. In the stormy environment in which we are currently obliged to operate our businesses, let Peter motivate your team to use the storms to your advantage and widen the gap on your competitors. Peter speaks with great passion, addressing the issues of vision, planning, team work, strategy, conflict management, working in a stormy environment, self-discipline and perseverance. The Man Peter is an adventurer, explorer and motivational speaker. He has lead many expeditions in remote regions around the world and spends his time making documentaries about his trips. In Jan 2008 he was part of a two man team that won the unsupported 5438Km Atlantic Rowing Race. He was awarded the Eastern Cape Sports Star of the year  Premiers Award and became a finalist of the Salamon/Out There/Adventure Zone Adventure Sportsman of the year. He is a silver Medallist S.A. Marathon Canoeist and has won two S.A. titles for Yacht Racing . He has 218 parachute jumps to his name and has participated in many multi day adventure races and P.E. to East London Surfski Challenges.He is a teacher by profession and is married to Kim, an attorney. They have a 3-year-old daughter Hannah. The Atlantic Rowing Race  5438Kms unsupported rowing On the 21st January 2008, Peter van Kets and rowing partner Bill Godfrey carved their names in South African sporting history by not only competing in and completing, but also winning an epic 5438km unsupported rowing race across the Atlantic Ocean. After years of training, preparation and 50 days at sea facing four major storms in their 7 metre boat they finally rowed into English Harbour off the Caribbean Island, Antigua. Rowing in shifts of 90 minutes, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week they were to be tested physically, emotionally and spiritually. Peter van Kets and Bill Godfrey overcame the limitations of their minds, endured extreme hardship and in so doing achieved an historic victory for themselves and their nation. Professor Timothy Noakes


Taking Ownership of Your Life

Rave Reviews

Peter's story is an epic one, and he holds the audience in the palm of his hand. Delivered with tons of passion and charisma, he is both humorous and humble in the telling of his tale. Belinda Lewis  Director  Smith, Tabata, Buchanan, Boyes " Peter van Kets's presentation to our management was both professional and inspirational. His appropriate messages were delivered with credibility, genuiness and a wonderfully humorous and personal touch. By all accounts, he is an example of someone who has set out and achieved stretched goals - overcoming adversity on many levels. It is currently the appropriate example to inspire all South Africans to face our challenges and epitomises South African tenacity - and the will to win. It is extraordinarily inspirational! " Niels Andersen - Mercedes-Benz of South Africa - Manufacturing Operations Manager "Mastery of self is an essential pre-requisite to leading others. The story of Pete's journey provides amazing insights into this skill. It is a powerful catalyst for personal and team reflection - totally inspirational" Arno van der Merwe - Production Manager Assembly - Mercedes Benz South Africa

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