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International motivational speaker & multiple world record ultra endurance athlete
Sean Conway is a Zimbabwean ultra endurance athlete, author of 6 books and motivational speaker. Sean famously broke the world record for completing 105 ironmans in 105 days. He was also was the first person to swim the length of Britain, is the only person to have completed a length of Britain triathlon, has completed the world’s longest triathlon of 4200 miles and has the world record for the fastest self supported cycle across europe.
What Sean Conway's clients say
"He tailored talks to meet our objectives, seamlessly absorbing our messages into his stories and providing inspiration and motivation to change, to develop and to grow. There was no fuss or apparent nervousness – he simply told the stories of his adventures in a way that made them accessible and achievable and inspired the audience to focus and deliver. Brilliant!"
"The audience LOVED it! I have had nothing but great feedback. He was honest, amusing and entertaining. I cannot think how he could have been better. We really enjoyed him coming along and talking to us."
"We had a great talk. The staff were really enthused by Sean. We've had loads of positive feedback. He was funny, engaging and of course, really inspiring and it all tied back in really well with our values campaign."
"Thank you on behalf of our Senior Leaders for your inspiring presentation to us. Everyone who saw and heard you enjoyed it immensely but did question your sanity for taking on such extreme challenges! I know that you will have inspired many of us to take up challenges either in a professional or personal capacity and indeed we will inspire others to do so as a result of your presentation. The theme of the presentation was personal resilience and you showed us that taking it one step at a time really helps to focus on the immediate challenge and that helps to build up endurance. You also showed us that failure is not an inhibitor but a motivator to succeed and to aim high."
"Please pass on our thanks to Sean for his brilliant talk. I loved his relaxed and funny manner. My business partner loved it too and I have heard only positive comments from the attendees. The audience certainly kept him busy afterwards with questions and photo opportunities and he has, without doubt, expanded his fan base."
"We've asked Sean to speak to a number of different audiences and have found him to be inspirational to a wide range of people – from staff to business owners to entrepreneurs. His attitude is so inspiring and he refuses to let anything get in his way – determined to achieve his goals, despite the many barriers put in his way. His exploits are amazing and he delivers his stories in a very amusing and natural way – you can’t help but like him and be amazed at what he has achieved. And he is very real, open and honest about his adventures and the setbacks along the way."
"Sean was fantastic! Proper gent and delivered a fantastic talk. It was really great that he spent time afterwards talking with us and having a few drinks. Will recommend to everyone."
"Sean was a pleasure to work with and he was really well received by our audience."
"It was a pleasure to have Sean with us. For inspiring the audience to think about "Challenging Situations" and "Not to Give up" - he certainly did that very well. We got feedback from people who said that they enjoyed his presentation very much."
"A true inspiration to us. The talk was well constructed and great detail was made to show the most exciting and jaw-dropping tales from a young man's youth."
"A massive thank you to Sean. His presentation was a perfect start to the festival and was commented on by many people throughout the weekend."
"The keynote speaker was Sean Conway who swam the length of Britain - a mere 900 miles! Sean was very enthusiastic and inspirational. I am sure he awoke the spirit of adventure in the audience. Sean's mottos "Don't be scared of Failing" and "Aim Higher" resonated well and he made us all realise that with will, determination, focus and self-belief we can reach our goals in life."
"I really enjoyed Sean's lecture - he is so full of energy and passion for his adventures. It all seemed to go well and plenty of people were there to hear him. Please pass on my best wishes and congratultions for a great evening. I will look out for his book!"
"Just come back from listening to Sean’s extraordinarily inspirational talk. The sixth form loved him and there was a queue of Year 13 lads trying to get ‘selfies’ with him. One of Year 10, curious about all the fuss, asked me if Sean was a rock star - I told him he was better than that, that he was a professional adventurer!"
"It was great having Sean Conway speaking at our event. As we had a range of age groups attending, all with an adventurous spirit, we required a speaker that would appeal to this and keep everyone enthused and he did not disappoint! Not only was he funny but also inspiring and thoroughly entertained us all. From a host's perspective, the ease of booking was great and efficient. Sean turned up on time and just got on with it!"
"Sean's talk about his John O'Groats swim kept an audience of 500 young people and parents enthralled from start to finish. His down to earth manner and can do attitude were truly inspiring and he left many in the audience thinking about how to challenge themselves and achieve something that they didn't think they were capable of."
Sean Conway's 2023 biography
About Sean Conway
Born in Harare, Zimbabwe, Sean had an adventurous upbringing in the Mana Pools National Park with his conservationist game ranger father, Tony. He spent his early years climbing trees and chasing elephants out of his garden, and this unique childhood has been the fuel for his adventurous ambitions.
Well-known for his quirky take on endurance sports and adventures, Sean came to the UK in 2002 with just £100 in his wallet and started working in Cambridge cutting 12,000 letuces a day and then as a freelance photographer in London, whilst living in a tiny room in London with 7 other people, spending any cash he earned on various travels and bonkers adventures.
Sean famously sold his photography business for just £1 to pursue his dream breaking the world record for cycling around the world, Sean gained sponsorship and set out on this epic adventure on 18th February 2012. After three weeks he was ahead of schedule averaging nearly 180 miles a day. His dreams were shattered in America when a driver hit him causing severe whip lash, concussion, torn ligaments and a compression fracture to the spine. Despite this, Sean continued on dropping to 140 miles per day, changing his goal to get back to London in time for the Olympics and raise money for charity. He made it back with a week to spare, having covered 16,000 miles – 12,000 of them with a fractured spine.
In 2013 he became the first person in history to swim the length of Great Britain, having previously cycled it in 2008. After battling the weather, currents and seemingly endless swarms of jellyfish, Sean and his legendary beard wrote history on November 11 2013, after 135 days at sea.
in 2015, after a failed first attempt at running Britain, he completed the Ultimate British Triathlon when he finished his run from John O’Groats to Land’s End, without undergoing any kind of training in advance.
In 2016 Sean raised the bar once more when he took on the greatest challenge of his life. Starting in April 2016, he completed a self-supported 4000+ mile, continuous Ultra Triathlon that circumnavigates the entire coast of mainland Britain and Discovery Channel followed Sean’s incredible and dangerous journey.
Then in 2018 Sean broke the world record for cycling unsupported across Europe. He completed the 4000 miles route in 24 days, 18 hours and 39 minutes. The documentary can be found on Amazon – Sean Conway’s Europe or Bust.
Most recently Sean completed 105 Iron Man distance triathlons in 105 days – a feat no human on the planet has ever done before.
Sean Conway's 2023 talks & topics
Sean Conway's 2023 speaking fees
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