Adventurer Speakers

Adam O'Donnell

Adam O'Donnell has been charged by a herd of elephants, slept on by a yak and shared a trench with a large, and as-yet unidentified, snake - all in a days work for a soldier in the SAS. His service has taken him from peacekeeping in Bosnia to combat operations in Afghanistan, and from the freezing heights of Mt Everest to the scorching heat of Africa. All this as he trained relentlessly to maintai ...

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Afterburners

You're fighting for market share. You're fighting to make your numbers. You need a team that is cohesive. You need a team that works toward the same goals. You need a team that knows not only how to plan, but how to execute from start to finish. Afterburners are a highly tuned elite group of men and woman fighter jet pilots. A group who understands first hand the vital importance of flawless execution. Using their knowledge and skill set these pilots have developed a world class program for the corporate market. A highly effective program that teaches leaders and teams how to plan and flawlessly execute within business and get results.

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AJ Hackett

AJ Hackett is best known as the founder of Bungy Jumping, establishing the first bungy bridge in New Zealand in the late 80s, the extreme sport craze that has popularised itself at sites from Acapulco to the Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. Some of AJ's career highlights include his "unofficial" Eiffel Tower jump, Auckland SkyCity Casino Tower Jump, television series "Can U Hackett?" and the presentati ...

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Alvah Simon

Explorers are a special breed of people blessed with courage, determination, and an instinct for survival. Alvah Simon is regarded as "one of the great and authentic adventurers of our time." While most people seek security and comfort, Alvah prowls the thornier edges of our world. "Only by testing the borders of human potential can we expand them," he says. "Yes, there are risks, but there are ev ...

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Andrew Sparks

Andrew Sparks is a peak performance expert, motivational speaker and coach to business leaders, athletes and aspiring achievers. His mission is to create positive change in the world by enabling individuals and teams to excel in all areas. Following Andrew's own life turnaround, he now teaches others the strategies that helped him personally make massive change, such, that today he is a recognise ...

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Aron Ralston

All he had was a flimsy pocketknife, but it worked. Aron Ralston will share his harrowing survival story and the leadership lessons learned in his recent experience of beating unbeatable odds. Find out how many corporations and organizations around the world are inspiring their clients and employees through Aron story. ...

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Bear Grylls

Bear Grylls, the youngest Briton to climb Mount Everest at only 23, has a natural talent for communicating and entertaining which has made him a popular personality in his own right. He is not only one of the youngest motivational speakers on the international business circuit but is a keen environmentalist and an author; one of Bear's books, Facing Up soared into the best seller list and has sold ...

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Ben Dark

From an early age, Ben Dark had an affinity with the bush. Born on a dam bank in 1972, he spent the first 11 years of his life on his parents' property in Stanthorpe, south-east Queensland. In 1984 Ben was sent to a boarding school. He then spent his time roving around the Queensland outback on horses and motorbikes, through shearing sheds and stock camps, where he mustered cattle and saddled hors ...

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Bob Ballard

On a cold April night in 1912, the magnificent new liner R.M.S. Titanic struck an iceberg and sank beneath the icy waters of the North Atlantic. The following day the words 'TITANIC LOST' shocked the world. Seventy-three years later, on September 1, 1985, the headline would proclaim 'TITANIC FOUND' as explorer Dr. Robert Ballard and his team found this mighty legend in its watery grave 12,000 feet ...

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Bonita Norris

"Never, ever stop believing in yourself. You never know where you might end up". Bonita Norris is the youngest British woman to climb Mount Everest at just 22 years of age. Remarkably Bonita had never climbed before this challenge! She had to raise her own sponsorship, learn how to climb and entered the record books all within the space of two years. "I couldn't sleep one night and the idea hit me ...

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A massive thank you to you both for all your assistance from selecting to co-ordinating the speakers for our annual ProLoan conference. Feedback was that this year’s speakers where the best they had EVER heard at ANY event. So this is pretty amazing, because they do go to a lot of sessions like these.

Director of Network Relationships - Proloan (aust) pty ltd

Again this year you and your team have been fantastic and extremely helpful.  In regards to you Sharm, you have been an absolute star and phenomenal help with our speakers and presenters, a great communicator, wealth of knowledge and so prompt with responding and looking at ways to cater to our needs.

Event Manager Fitness Australia

I would recommend, without hesitation, the services of Jane Rowland Smith and Ovations. Jane answered a last minute call to arrange a guest speaker for our principals. Nothing was too much effort, all was arranged within hours, and went very smoothly. The guest speaker was exactly what we required and our brief was followed. Thank you Jane and the team at Ovations.

Executive Director of Schools Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta

All aspects of the process has always gone seamlessly with Ovations and we will continue to seek your assistance for the awards in the coming years.

Thank you again, your help has meant that our Awards are very professional and extremely well received by our members and guests.

Executive Assistant BSCAA NSW Division

Jane, I personally want to thank you for all of your support, advice, patience and all round kindness that you have given me over the last 3 or so years.  This event would not have been as successful without the valuable MC’s you have recommended and the support you provided me when it all just seemed too hard

Shona Dilley – Smart School Awards, Department of Education
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