Tim Gibson

Tim aims to share his story in order to inspire others to keep chasing their dreams. Whilst Tim hasn't yet made it to flying for the defence force, he has gone beyond this altogether. Proving that sticking to the love of your dreams will get you there, Tim won a mentally and physically demanding competition against three other Australians to be selected to become Australia's youngest astronaut.

Born in Melbourne and raised in Brisbane, Australia, Tim Gibson has many loves. Drumming, skiing, body surfing, exploring, reading, sharing a smile. But one has been at the forefront of his mind since being a little boy; flying. Getting his solo pilot's licence before he could drive a car, Tim always set his sights on flying for the Australian Defence Force. Born with long-sightedness, this dream, the only thing he ever wanted to do, was turned upside down. Five appeals to the defence force, even after passing all other military tests, couldn't help him achieve his dream. Yet a rush of luck has Tim now preparing to go beyond what he could ever dream of; a trip into space.

Follow Tim as he tells the story of how chasing his dreams led to securing the co-pilot seat on a spacecraft and join him on the journey of all the adventures that follow.

Topic: Failure = Knowledge, Knowledge= Success.

Description: All the fairy-tale stories in life point to people achieving the one thing they truly want to do.  It's a harsh realty when continual failure is the only thing you find in trying to reach your one true dream.  Take it from Tim; he still isn't doing the one thing he always wanted to do.  However, all of the failures he experienced in chasing his dream of being a fighter pilot gave him the knowledge required to succeed in something out of this world, something no-one ever thought possible... going into space.


A powerfully compelling story, tangible takeaways and all wrapped up in a delightfully humble and incredibly likeable individual. As a professional speaker myself, I find Tim enormously irritating but if you are lucky enough to book Tim for your next event or conference, you will be blown away.
- DAN GREGORY, CEO of The Impossible Institute

Tim gave a polished, yet relaxed presentation that had the audience on the edge of their seats. Highly recommended.
- ROB REDENBACH Author, Educator, Mediator

Inspirational and professional speaker. Tim had the audience engaged from the second he walked onto stage and captivated them until the very end. He has an amazing story to tell that resonates deeply with audiences and inspires them to follow their dream.
- ANNA SCHEURINGER Executive Producer, TEDx Griffith University

I do not know who we are going to get for next year's fundraiser as I can't see who could top Tim's talk. Highly engaging and entertaining.
- GRAHAM SHEPPARD Relationships Manager, RACQ Capricorn Helicopter Rescue

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