Rob Hamill Trans Atlantic Rower

New Zealand Sporting Celebrity Rower and Keynote Motivational Speaker for Conferences, After Dinner speeches and Team Building.

Hamilton, Waikato, New Zealand

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Rob Hamill – “Anything is Possible”

Whether it’s laugh out loud humour, inspiration or thought provoking anecdotes and perspective, Rob Hamill’s deeply moving presentations has it all.

“An extraordinary mental and physical effort – something very, very special” is how Sir Peter Blake described Rob Hamill and the late Phil Stubbs’ incredible achievement in winning the inaugural Atlantic Rowing Race.

Marathon rowing champion Rob Hamill has been a New Zealand International rowing representative for 16 years. Rob’s numerous rowing achievements include World Champs silver, Commonwealth gold and a world record on the indoor rowing machine.

Rob represented New Zealand at the Atlanta Olympics and published ‘The Naked Rower’ on how he and Phil Stubbs captured headlines around the world winning the gruelling and inaugural Atlantic Rowing Race in 41 days. He then led teams to successful defences in the next two editions making it a 3-peat of victories for New Zealand.

He is co-organiser of ‘The Great Race’ an annual rowing 8s clash between Waikato and Cambridge/Oxford/Harvard/Washington Universities on the Waikato River. His also recently conceived and managed a rowing expedition across the Tasman Sea.

Ambitious goal-setting, teamwork and overcoming adversity in multiple Atlantic Rowing Race campaigns is the spine of Rob’s presentations, sandwiching the challenge of following his brother Kerry’s journey into Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge genocide (optional topic).

Powerful inspiring messages on tenacity, hope, love and the last human freedom: the power to choose your attitude and how you respond in a given situation. The humour, the insights and the emotional turning points have audiences spellbound.

Rob will inspire you to pursue your dreams whatever they may be, to take on new challenges, overcoming hardship against the odds and know that with passion anything is possible!

It doesn’t hurt to be just a little bit crazy too!

Rob’s life is about following the dream, decision making, commitment, team building, goal setting, planning, focus, determination, positive thinking and, of course, winning!

Some Key Messages:

  • Make dreams memories
  • Anchoring to the goal
  • Keep Going; if you can’t walk, creep!
  • With Passion Anything is Possible
  • Challenges don’t develop character, they reveal it
"Rob is the only speaker that I can recall receiving a standing ovation from our sales force. This is a real testament to Rob as we have also had some highly rated international speakers at our conferences."
Mohan Jesudason, Telecom New Zealand Limited
"As you are aware we had a most successful and enjoyable Conference with over 650 in attendance. Many people have commented that Rob Hamill’s presentation was the highlight of the Conference. I must say that his ability to thread the sponsor’s name and services throughout his address, and in such a subtle way, was indeed very clever and professionally managed. "
Mike Dearsley, Rotary Conference Chairman District 9940
"… hearing your story was more inspirational than all the traditional "motivational" type trainers put together."
Mike Pinkney, Pinkney Real estate
"Rob has a remarkable story, told in a clever and compelling way. He is able to engage deeply with his audience; he made us laugh, cry and most importantly think deeply, as leaders, about our role in the world. One of the best!"
Heather Kean, HR Manager, Fonterra
"Rob was unbelievable, amazing, so well received, such a lovely guy, so humble. Had some of the audience in tears."
Craig Milne, Marsh Country Head
"We have received nothing but the highest praise for your open and honest talk – many people have been deeply moved by your story and it was the highlight of the sessions. "
Craig Milne, Marsh Country Head
"Listening to Rob speak is a breath of fresh air! Too often we come across heroes that seem untouchable, unattainable. But Rob’s earthy humour and humble nature coupled with an unwavering drive and determination gives his story palpable appeal and something that the everyday person can truly connect with. "
Julie Egonidis, Faculty Management, Melbourne
"Rob cleverly moulded his message around his audience and expressed great respect for the military people in the room. This was appreciated. I would highly recommend Rob to any audience."
Capt Robert Buckland, NZ Defense Force
"Really enjoyed your session yesterday. It’s been the talk of the town. I’ve had so many people getting in touch afterwards and even had calls last night from people wanting to talk about it. Phenomenal. Very very good. Most impressed."
Alan Benzenberg, Christchurch City Council
"Rob Hamill was an excellent speaker - entertaining, yet also able to get across some powerful messages. The team was quoting him for several days afterwards!"
Tracey Trass, AstraZeneca
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