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Van Wisse

World Record Breaking Endurance Swimmer, Breast Cancer Survivor & Mindset Master

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

As a consistent high achiever for over 20 years, world record breaker and a pioneering first, Tammy van Wisse has been there, swum that!
Tammy is a master at conquering extreme challenges, from the famous freezing cold Loch Ness and English Channel to the most dangerous Straits - Bass and Cook Strait.

Armed with the same energy and dedication as she put into her incredible swimming career, Tammy brings a truly unique and inspiring presentation that entertains as it informs, and inspires as it motivates.

Career Highlights:
- Swum more than 65,000kms, equivalent to one-and-half times around the planet
- Fastest woman to swim the Cook Strait, New Zealand
- First and only person in world to swim Bass Strait (97.4km) - Tasmania to Victoria, Australia.
- Fastest person to swim Loch Ness, Scotland
- Fastest person to swim 2438km length of the Murray River, Australia.
- Champion for change highlighting the Murray River’s environmental plight from her own perspective as a “human water quality tester”.
- Broke world record for New York to New Jersey, USA as tribute to Gertrude Ederle, first woman across the English Channel and her contribution to Women in Sport.
- Has a day named after her in New Jersey, USA.
- Winner of round Manhattan Island Marathon Race, USA (48kms)
- Two solo swims of the English Channel with honour of fastest person across in 1993 and first brother & sister to cross together in 1994.
- Lifesaver of the Year & winner of more than 150 Victorian State Lifesaving Titles.
- Australian Geographic “Adventurer of the Year”
- Ambassador for National Drowning Prevention Day & Play it Safe by the Water
- Ambassador for The Male Hug - raising awareness of Men’s Mental Health
- Breast Cancer Survivor

Talking Points

GO THE DISTANCE - it’s one thing to set goals, it’s another to complete them!

Tammy’s true “triumph over adversity” tales will captivate, engage and re-energize your audience to become more productive and reach their own challenging finish lines.

From Tammy’s dynamic keynote, your team will learn:
- How to weather uncertainty, swells and troughs and stay on course
- How to stay energized & shift your mindset when the goal is in the distance
- The 5 habits of highly persistent people
- How to drown out the voice of procrastination
- How to find the drive to cope with changing conditions
- How to triumph when the going gets tough
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.

Members Equity Bank
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