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PETER VAN KETS – PROFILE

Peter van Kets is one of South Africa’s top adventurers and international conference speakers and has just returned from an unsupported race across Antarctica to the South Pole to commemorate Scott and Amundsens race 100 years ago. As part of a two man South African team they made South African history becoming the first Africans to ever race to the pole. The race was unsupported and covered a total distance of 888km’s in one of the most hostile environments known to man – Antarctica; the highest driest and coldest place on the planet. His story is one of survival, courage, perseverance, passion, loneliness, tenacity, amazing team work and the will to win. In his new talk “Cold Sweat – Impossible is Nothing” he takes his lessons learned from the expedition and relates them to the business environment. It is totally inspirational!
In 2010 Peter spent 76 days alone in a 7 meter rowing boat crossing the Atlantic. His epic 5438 Km unsupported row across the Atlantic was a first for any African. With this he was awarded the S.A. OutThere Adventurer of the Year 2011.
In 2008 Peter made his name known in the world of extreme adventure by winning the unsupported Woodvale Trans-Atlantic Rowing Race together with friend Bill Godfrey. With this he was awarded the South African Premiers Award and the Eastern Cape Sports Star of the year (2008) Award.
Peter writes an inspirational column for the Leadership Magazines – Leadership in Sport. He also writes an inspirational column for the business magazine “Blue Chip”.
He is married to Kim (also an extreme endurance athlete) and they have a daughter Hannah.

Expeditions from 2007 to present day

  • 2007/8 – Woodvale Atlantic Rowing Race – Pairs
    • Unsupported rowing race across the Atlantic Ocean
    • Distance 5498Km – Canary Islands to Antigua
    • Rowed with friend Bill Godfrey
    • Rowing Shifts 1.5 hours on 1.5 hours off – 24/7 for 50 days and 12 hours
    • We won the race – against all odds
    • Endured 4 storms – the last storm lasted 4 days and was the biggest storm to hit that area in 19 years
    • Average calories used +- 8000
    • Average calories consumed +- 5500
    • Weight loss 13kg
    • Boat length 7.1m – width 1.8m
    • Boat name Gquma Challenger S.A.
    • Documentary – 90 Minutes Closer To Antigua
    • Raising funds for the Carel du Toit Centre for the Deaf – Eastern Cape

    “Peter van Kets and Bill Godfrey overcame the limitations of their minds and so achieved an historic victory for themselves and their nation.”
    Professor Tim Noakes
    “The worlds ultimate sporting adventure and challenge met and matched!”
    Peter Martin – Daily Dispatch

  • 2008 – Quirimbas Kayaking Expedition
    • Sea kayaking Expedition from Vamizi Island near Tanzania to Pemba Mozambique
    • Paddled with Nic Good, Charles Standing Mark van der Velde
    • Raising funds for the Carel du Toit Centre – Eastern Cape
  • 2009/10 – Woodvale Atlantic Rowing Race – SOLO
    • Unsupported rowing race across the Atlantic Ocean
    • Distance 5498Km – Canary Islands to Antigua
    • 1st African to row any ocean solo
    • Rowing Shifts 1.5 hours on 1.5 hours off – 24/7 for 76 days and 6 hours
    • Second in the solo division
    • Endured 2 major storms
    • Average calories used +- 8000
    • Average calories consumed +- 5500
    • Weight loss 18kg
    • Boat length 7.1m – width 1.8m
    • Boat name Nyamezela – Own Your Life
    • Documentary – Not Alone
    • Raising funds for the Carel du Toit Centre for the Deaf – Eastern Cape

    “Peter van Kets continues to push the boundaries of his mind and body by completing adventures that leave us speechless in wonder.”
    Professor Tim Noakes

  • 2010 – Between Two Rivers Expedition
    • Mountain Bike Ride from the Orange River (Southern Namibian Border) to the Cunene River (Northern Namibian Border)
    • Rode with friend Arno van der Merwe
    • Distance covered 1750km in 12 days
    • Raising funds for African Angels – Home for abandoned children
  • 2011/2012 Scott – Amundsen Centenary Race to the Pole
    • Unsupported race to the South Pole to commemorate the impromptu race between Scott and Amundsen 100 years earlier
    • Acclimatization trek 120km
    • Race distance 748km
    • Total distance 888km
    • Weight loss 13kg
    • Coldest temperature measured -48C (it got colder but we could not measure)

Peter’s Talks

Peter is a very popular guest speaker both on the South African and international speaking circuit. His presentations are powerful and inspiring receiving rave reviews everywhere. In his latest talk, Peter relates his lessons learned / critical success factors to the business world by using his Race to the Pole, solo rowing and other expeditions as real/true life examples of achieving success. He is a passionate speaker and is totally devoted to inspiring people and changing their lives. He addresses the issues of (to name but a few) great vision, planning, team work, strategy, conflict management, working in a dynamic environment, self-discipline and perseverance.On

Presentation Titles

  • Impossible is Nothing
  • Handling the Storms – Lessons from an ocean row
  • The Power of the Mind
  • Courageous
  • Legacy Leadership
  • To leave a Legacy

Presentation Topics

  • Having a dream/vision for your life
  • Having a winning attitude
  • Surrounding yourself with the best possible team
  • Identifying partners who share your vision, passion and values
  • Knowing that with the right resources, there is a solution to every problem!
  • Setting clear and achievable goals
  • Being properly prepared
  • Not being paralysed by the fear of failure
  • Having a clear, but flexible strategy
  • Dealing positively with inevitable setbacks and frustrations
  • Being decisive
  • Making the move from external discipline to self-discipline.
  • Persevering
  • Focusing on staying positive
  • Riding the storm to your advantage
  • The reward of helping others succeed
  • Remembering that things do come to an end
  • Focus on the small things and the big things fall into place
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