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Van Wisse

Motivationalist & Marathon swimming phenomenon.

There are no boundaries. Once you have the right mindset, whatever your goal, you can get there.

Marathon swimming champion Tammy van Wisse has conquered some of the world's longest, deepest and coldest waterways, clocking up an astonishing 65,000 kilometres, equivalent to more than one-and-a-half times around the planet.

The super fish has set six World Records; swum the English Channel twice (the success rate is only seven percent); is the only person to have swum Bass Strait; and spent three and a half months submerged in the mighty Murray River - just to mention a few of her milestones.

Current work

However, Tammy is more than an athlete - she is a dynamic achiever with a passion for success. She epitomises the attractive, outgoing and friendly personality of a healthy young Australian. Armed with the same energy and dedication as she puts into her incredible swimming career, Tammy brings a truly unique and inspiring presentation that entertains as it informs, and inspires as it motivates. Her infectious personality, beaming smile and well modulated voice make her an excellent presenter, which is why she is very impressive as a keynote motivational speaker.

Tammy is also a passionate speaker on the environment and water quality issues, sharing her unique experience from the perspective of literally being immersed in the issues.

Whilst working in her watery office, the Murray River, Tammy tried to raise awareness about environmental problems confronting the river such as poor environmental flows, salinity and toxic algal bloom. Her heroic three and a half month quest captured the imagination of the Australian public, subsequently generating over ten million dollars of publicity for the River Murray and resulting in Tammy becoming Australia's first Salinity & Water Quality Ambassador, a title bestowed by the Federal Environment Minister.

Previous experience
Tammy started her formal swimming training at age 11 after being overweight as a child. She progressed through her teens winning Victorian State Swimming and Victorian Royal Life Saving Titles.

She won the Lorne Pier to Pub swim, in 1986, 1987 and 1989.Her first marathon swim was in 1986 from Beaumaris to Frankston, a distance of twenty kilometres. In 1996, she became the first person to swim the treacherous Bass Strait.

On 18 February 2001, Tammy swam the entire length of the Murray River from the alps to the ocean - a feat no one else in the world has achieved. Starting from Corryong in Victoria's high country, it took Tammy 106 days to reach the Murray Mouth in South Australia, a distance of 2438 kilometres.

Tammy continues to set her goals and work towards a sustainable future. She has been the Ambassador for National Water Week for seven years, recently appeared in Ian Thorpe's environmental documentary on FOX8 titled Fish Out of Water and recently completed building her own sustainable home complete with water tanks, solar hot water system and a worm farm!

Talking Points

Following Your Dreams

Goal Setting - Finding the Power Within


The Murray River - a Swim of Environmental Endurance

To Motivate, Just Add Water and Teamwork

Turning Dreams into a Reality

Why Women are the Ultimate Winners in the Endurance Race

Winning Against the Odds

Inspirational and focused on the objective of the evening. Pitcher Partners

Tammy was fun and entertaining, and as for providing that special motivational spark she was perfect. Tammy was equal to, and indeed better than the many speakers I have heard.

Fay & Fay Public Relations Consultants

Tammy is a delight to work with, she is easy going, positive and professional.

Young Leaders Foundation Ltd

Thank you very much for your support of the Riding the Wave of Leadership Centenary Forum. You were such a fantastic speaker on the evening and were able to engage the audience so easily. You relive your stories with such enthusiasm and honesty, it was a pleasure to listen to your presentation.

Lifesaving Victoria

Tammy was both a delightful, entertaining speaker as well as a person that genuinely motivates. Her style of presentation combines anecdotal recollections of her experiences with underlying determination to succeed. She is attractive, warm, highly personable, funny, and intelligent and is able to use her experiences to instill in her audiences the value of goal setting and how goals can be achieved through planning, determination and true grit.

Jayco Caravans

Tammy delighted the audience with her motivational talk. She was intelligent, entertaining and charming, and most of all - inspirational.

Australian Netherlands Chamber of Commerce

You have given us the courage and determination to continue on with the things we want to pursue in life whether they be great or small, difficult or easy. I know that you have become an idol to many of the girls due to your inner strength which you called on to enable you to defy all odds and achieve your goals and aspirations.

Melbourne Girls College

The Baw Baw Shire Australia Day Celebrations were an outstanding success due, in large part, to your ability to deliver an inspiring address which provided an interesting insight into your life. Your strength and determination to achieve your goals was a wonderful example for those in attendance, and was most appropriate for the occasion.

Baw Baw Shire Council

Your very inspirational and motivational speech to all 420 girls and staff at the school was most valuable with every girl that attended walking away with something from your speech. Your friendly and positive personality was ideal to relate to this group and showed the girls that with a little hard work and determination, anything's possible.

Monterey Secondary College

Tammy was an exceptionally good speaker. She had prepared her presentation extremely well to ensure it was both engaging and informative. Even though it was a very hot day - the students were completely engaged and interested in all aspects of Tammy's presentation. We found her to be an extremely warm, enthusiastic and professional speaker.

Lloyd Street Primary School

Tammy provided an inspirational speech to the children and was very engaging.

Williamstown North Primary School

Tammy was an absolute darling! She was warm, welcoming, professional, and an inspiration to all on the night, with her dedication to 'following her dreams' to a tee. We would be only too happy to highly recommend Tammy to anyone in the future.

WestVic Dairy Inc.

A great presentation that allowed us as participants in the days to utilize someone elses experiences in the planning for new projects.

Victoria WorkCover Authority

Tammy was energetic and inspiring and very generous with her time. She was very friendly and approachable and stayed to the very end of our function. People were extremely impressed and many went up to her to thank her for her wonderful presentation.

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