He tells of the adversity he has faced since the age of nine when a horrific railway accident left him without legs.
Although this was a terrible thing that happened Tony has never allowed it to slow him down in anyway in fact he has achieved more in his life so far than most of us willing to even try.
He is a successful businessman and best selling author; a qualified lifeguard honoured by World Surf Lifesaving Federation; an Olympic gold medallist in shotput discus and javelin; has a Second degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do; a race car champion and a qualified Pilot creating New Zealand aviation history.
Tony finds delight in every living moment and shares his passion and enthusiasm with audiences around the world.
Now in constant demand as a keynote speaker to corporations and conferences, he has presented in New Zealand, Australia, USA, Asia and the South Pacific, leaving his audiences with an insight of what can be achieved with determination, belief and a burning desire to succeed and accept the challenges of life.
The scaffolding which Tony scales to do his presentations is the stunning start to the roller coaster of emotions which he takes you through, you will laugh, you will cry, you will never forget ... Tony Christiansen.
Many thanks for your address to our Sales and Marketing people. It was superb. You probably noticed that you could have heard a pin drop all through your presentation. No mean feat with sales people! The feedback I received on your talk certainly reinforced my thoughts on the impact I hoped you would make. HUGE!
- National Sales Training Manager, Lion Breweries
Many of our retailers and staff who have attended all previous awards have made a special point of telling me that you were the best speaker we have ever had. I can also tell you that it was the first time I can ever remember a guest speaker getting such a rousing standing ovation.
- New Zealand Lotteries Commission
From the positive feedback we have received from our delegates you talk on your extraordinary achievements certainly inspired and motivated our audience.
- Conference Secretariat, ACCA 2000 International Conferences
The 2001 Million Dollar Round Table Annual Meeting is over but its greatness will not be forgotten. We believe this meeting will be remembered as one of the finest ever held...thank you for your outstanding performance and for making the program such a success.
- President-elect, 2002 Million Dollar Round Table
Thank-you for your inspirational talk. What an amazing attitude you have and I believe a heck of a lot of people could achieve a lot more in life if theirs was only half as good as yours!
- Hanretty ' Associates
Thank you most sincerely for your recent speech at the Resource Teacher Learning ' Behaviour Conference. At the end of the conference everyone had pretty much had enough...it was to be a challenge to draw them out. You certainly did that! From the moment you entered the room to the final crack of wood, you had them in the palm of your hands. Your story, humour and openness won everyone's admiration and hopefully gave them cause to review their attitude and enjoyment of life. We applaud you.
- Conference Coordinator, Eventsxtra
Thank you for the significant contribution you made to our very successful Xmas function...we were certainly very happy with how everything went, and will be looking to launch off this success for future functions. As none of us can afford to rest on our laurels, we have already identified areas that can be improved on.
- Team Administrator, Team Local