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Speakers Profile - Heather Swan

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Set on May 23rd 2006 her two astonishing world records - one for the highest BASEjump (6604m) and the other for the world's highest Wingsuit BASEjump make Heather unique - she is the only woman in the world who combines high altitude mountaineering and BASEjumping (let alone Wingsuit BASEjumping). This is even more remarkable considering that just 6 years ago she had no experience in adventure.

In her corporate career Heather held senior positions in Marketing and Management in both private and public sector organizations ranging from Asia Pacific Marketing Director for Information Resources, the world's largest Market Research Firm, to National Manager of Harry M. Miller's high profile speaker's bureau. On behalf of the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC), she set up and managed the hugely successful business unit 'Olympic Communicators' which has since been modelled by National Olympic Committees (NOC's) around the world.

Heather's transformation from businesswoman to world record holder started in 2000 when she and her husband Dr. Glenn Singleman embarked on a highly ambitious project to attempt to break Glenn's World Record for High Altitude BASEjumping which Glenn set in 1992 from The Great Trango Tower in Pakistan at 20,000 feet or 6248 metres high. When Heather started the project she had never been skydiving or climbed any mountain.

The Australian Film Finance Corporation and ABC Television documentary, 'BASEClimb 2 -- Defying Gravity' which screened around the world on National Geographic Channel and in Australia for the first time in September 2002, tells the incredible story of how Heather overcame a near fatal training accident and her subsequent terror to develop the physical skill and fitness to take on the world record attempt, all while successfully juggling her family, life and career.

Heather is the author of 'Defying Gravity, Defying Fear' (published by ABC Books), which was honoured as a finalist in the world's largest and most prestigious mountain, adventure book festival The Banff Mountain Book Festival held annually in Canada.

In 2005 Glenn and Heather featured on the ABC's prestigious 'Australian Story' programme and they were part of the 'Best of Australian Story'. In August 2006 Australian Story ran a second program specifically about Glenn and Heather's world record-breaking wingsuit flight from Mt Meru in India.

After more than ten years together, her husband Glenn is still her best friend and they spend most of their time together, or with their children

Presentation Titles:
Defying Gravity - How to fly (even when life is pulling you down!)

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