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Hurdles of life.

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Jana Pittman’s story is a roller coaster of triumph, defeat, failure and success. She will take you on a journey through the peaks and troughs that helped shape her career and build her into who she is today.

Have Jana inspire and entertain at your next event or bring her in for a ‘personalised workshop’. Jana can tailor make a presentation to your needs or use some of her favourite topics to uplift your audience.

Current work

Off the track Jana is studying a Bachelor of Medicine & Surgery at the University of Western Sydney with the future goal of practicing in Obstetrics and Gynaecology. In her 4th academic year she is currently on the Deans Merit list for maintaining a High Distinction average (7.0 GPA) thus far. With her keen interest in women’s health Jana is currently an ambassador for the ‘Australian Cervical Cancer Foundation’, Save the box (RANZGOG) and Targeting Cancer.

Previous experience

Recognition: Two times World Champion, Four times Commonwealth Champion, in the sport of athletics, Jana Pittman personifies resilience and determination. When continued injuries hampered her athletic career could have signalled retirement, she swapped the track for the ice. Jana joined the Australian Women’s bobsleigh team, to become the first women to represent Australia in both a Summer and Winter Olympic games.

Author: This busy woman is proud mum to 10 yr old Cornelis and little sisters Emily 2 and Jemima (under 1). In the background she also runs her own health and fitness business. Her autobiography ‘Just Another Hurdle’ was published in 2017.

“What an incredible journey life has taken me on. I have failed over and over again but I believe 100 per cent, that if you keep battling on, it will happen. If one door shuts prematurely, then another door will open and an even greater future will unfold. Maybe my next challenge will beat me too, but I will just get backup again and keep on fighting”

Talking Points

Just Jana

This is a sports themed fun recall of Jana’s athletic career. She shares her story inviting you behind the scenes of elite sport. From her ‘first race’ to ‘top of the podium’ and some of the amazing people and other athletes she met along the way. Designed for fun and laughter to lighten an event or conference.

Overcoming Fear

To be successful we all must overcome that inner voice of apprehension and put ourselves in a place of discomfort. Our mindset can really impact our ability to do this. Jana uses anecdotes and personal stories from her career to help develop confidence and awareness in a person’s capacity to achieve their goals. Designed to inspire and motivate

Finding Your Inspiration: Your Why

Whether it is from a quote, a movie or a person, everyone needs some inspiration. This is an interactive style presentation aimed to draw out the crowds ‘why’. When we know why we desire a certain path or thing, we can start to shape the ‘how’ more easily. Jana shares her own journey and what inspired her along the way. Designed to develop and create goals.

The New You - A Rebrand or Recharge

Many of us have to change our career paths, step up or overcome an adverse event. You might want to inspire your staff or audience to push harder and change their perception or your company may have taken a hit and needs to rebuild. Jana will use her stories of swapping the track for the icy slopes of bobsled, overcoming media criticism and now becoming a doctor, to show how we can ‘rebrand’ and reinvent ourselves. Designed to foster leadership and creativity.

Team Building and Leadership

Whilst Jana competed as an individual athlete she had a large team around her ensuring minimal distraction and ‘perfect preparation’. At the elite level she employed only the best therefore balancing personalities and varying opinions was essential to deliver optimal performance outcomes. Jana shares her theory of cascading leadership and through stories from her career deliveries a clear message of what it takes to lead and create a ‘world class’ team.

Rising to a Challenge: Tricks and Tips

Another interactive talk on ‘tools’ to take the next step towards achieving a goal, dream or deadline. What Jana used to ‘win’, accept a ‘defeat’ and ‘live in the moment’. This can be a stand alone or added to one of the previous topics to give the audience some practical ideas to take away with them.


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The Ballarat Sportsmen’s Club hold monthly dinners 11 times a year with high-profile Speakers on each occasion including Prime Ministers, Sporting Icons, Media identities and many other dignitaries. Jana held her own with such company. Jana was our Special Guest for the ‘Ladies Night’ dinner in December 2016. Her presentation from the lectern together with a brilliant supporting power point was extremely good. “Well prepared, relaxed and all round excellence” was the general comments from Members and guests. She also mixed with Members and guests with ease during the evening. I found Jana easy to deal with during arrangements for her visit and also her relaxed and friendly manner creating a great atmosphere for our event. I and the Club Committee would without any hesitation recommend Jana as a Guest Speaker Ballarat Sportsmen's Club
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