Ultra marathon runner Lisa Tamati
is a speaker with a powerful story and life changing messages to share.
Lisa is perhaps best known for
being the first Kiwi woman to finish the infamous Badwater Ultramarathon which
is through hottest desert on earth, running 217km non-stop through Death
Valley. Or you may have heard of Lisa when she ran the length of New Zealand
(2250km) for charity.
Even before Badwater, and
certainly since, Lisa’s adventures have taken her far and wide. She has canoed
down the Canadian Yukon, cycle toured through over 25 countries and illegally
crossed the Libyan desert. She walked 250km in 7 days, carrying her entire
water and food supply on her back. Whether you want to cover topics
of goal setting, overcoming adversity, perseverance, facing your fears, project
management, team building, or discipline – Lisa can speak from experience!
Lisa spent a number of years
cycling and tramping her way around Europe, Africa, the USA and Canada. Her
passion was to explore her personal limits and what she could achieve.
After a terrible cycling accident
in her early twenties she was left with two broken vertebrae and two compressed
discs, she also suffered from severe asthma and was advised that she would
never be able to run. Lisa was determined to never let this make a difference
in the life she chose to lead and has gone on to run the equivalent of over 2
and a half times around the circumference of the Earth.
She has competed in the most
difficult and brutal races on earth including the Sahara and Death Valley in
the USA – the unofficial world champs of ultra running and the hottest desert
Lisa is one of only seven people
to have conquered the Himalayan High race which navigates over the two highest
passes in the world. And it doesn't stop there – Lisa is off to Nepal and the
Antarctic soon to break some more world records.
She has a radio show called Pushing
the Limits - an interview series with people at the top of their many
chosen fields - academics, medical professionals, researchers, sports people,
business people and more. The show is about getting deep into the psyche of what
makes successful people tick and finding out what we can learn from them. Lisa
is also doing regular shows with Jim Mora on The Panel (Radio NZ).
In 2008 Lisa was named Maori
Sportswoman of the year and was nominated for 'Next' Magazines Sports Woman of
the year. Lisa is on The North Face Athletes team is proud to be sponsored by
this prestigious brand of adventure clothing which personifies her attitude
'Never stop Exploring'.
Lisa has written two books
'Running Hot' and 'Running to Extremes'. In addition to this Lisa is a
successful and talented businesswoman with her own jewellery line and retail
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corporate world, globally.