Justin Jones

$5,000-$10,000
NSW, Australia

Justin Jones (or other wise affectionately known as Jonesy) is one of Australia’s premier motivational speakers and extreme adventurers. Constantly pushing the boundaries of human endurance he has undertaken a number of large scale expeditions over the past 14 years. Two in particular have captured global acclaim and attention, setting 2 Guinness World records.

Crossing the Ditch

In 2007/8, Jonesy along with expedition partner, James Castrission paddled a kayak unsupported from Australia to New Zealand. After paddling 3318 km over 62 days they finally staggered ashore setting a world record for becoming the longest supported double kayak expedition and the first people to cross the Tasman Sea by kayak.

Crossing the Ice

In 2011/12 he then skied 2275km from the edge of Antarctica to the South Pole and back over 89 days (again with James) setting another world first. This was the first time this had been completed, in an unsupported and unassisted manner. It became the longest unsupported polar expedition ever undertaken and set a new benchmark and raised the bar of polar exploration globally.

Since returning from the Tasman expedition Jonesy has been on the corporate and public speaking circuit, giving keynotes highlighting pertinent themes to business and facilitating workshops globally, to over 250,000 people. His main clients incorporate ASX 200 companies, international and domestic forums (such as Green Cities 2013, Creative Innovation 2015) and prestigious associations.

Jonesy can also add producer to his repertoire. Documentaries that he has produced and directed “Crossing the Ditch” and “Crossing the Ice” have received critical acclaim, winning 16 international film festival awards. They have been played in every corner of the planet. He has also presented in and produced a TV special “Surviving Wild America” for the National Geographic Channel in North America.

Jonesy has completed a Bachelor of Advanced Science with Honours at the University of New South Wales, after attending Knox Grammar School in Sydney, Australia. He has also attained further qualifications with Diplomas in Event Management and Outdoor Recreation. A humble, charismatic and inspiring character…he is the perfect example of how determination, detailed planning and foresight can enable the most ‘normal’ of us to undertake the most extraordinary feats.

Testimonials

...one of the greatest adventure stories of this decade!
- DICK SMITH - ADVENTURER AND ENTREPRENEUR

This is the gripping and inspirational account of two ordinary blokes deciding to shake off their slack city ways, climb out of their fat comfortable ruts, and use their brains, their brawn and their sheer awe-inspiring courage to turn themselves into modern-day supermen and double handedly prove that the Age of Adventure is not over.
- PETER FITZSIMONS - BEST SELLING AUTHOR, EX-WALLABY

At first you ask ‘Why’? Why do some individuals risk everything to test the boundaries of endurance? Like all great stories this one offers answers. Through its humour and tears, its aspirations, perils, follies and ultimate triumph we learn what it is to be human. That, together, we negotiate the chaos of the world by relying on the better, more heroic, parts of ourselves.
- GEORGE MILLER – OSCAR WINNING DIRECTOR

A colourful character, underdog in a race against time, a member of that group born with that compulsion to do something crazy, something INCREDIBLE.
- ALEC BALDWIN – AWARD WINNING ACTOR

an inspiring story to tell, and told wonderfully!
- LISA WILKINSON - PRESENTER AND PERSONALITY

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Cas is an Aussie Explorer constantly pushing the boundaries of human endurance.

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