Speakers Profile - Darren Flanagan

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No doubt you will know about the famous Apollo 13 rescue mission that was turned into a major Hollywood film by acclaimed director Ron Howard. The film depicted the real life events of the incredible rescue mission devised by NASA's mission control to save the lives of the three astronauts.

Australia had it's own Apollo 13. On the 25th April 2006 Australia and the rest of the World were stunned to hear about a major mine collapse in Beaconsfield Tasmania. At 5.45pm on the 30th April, rescue workers discovered that Todd Russell and Brant Webb were still alive. What followed was an incredible coordination effort by dozens of rescue workers who were now focused on getting the miners out.

Sitting at home watching this unfold was explosive expert Darren Flanagan. That Sunday night Darren received a phone call that would change his life for ever. So began one of the most amazing rescue attempts in history.

That one phone call changed Darren's life from being an ordinary family man into one of the real heroes of the "Great Escape". His story is emotive, dramatic and extraordinary. It's one of endurance and the triumph of the human spirit. As a result of the rescue, Todd and Brant nicknamed Darren "The Gun".

In this emotional and truly memorable session, Darren will share his story and in doing so, demonstrate the capacity of ordinary people to show unrelenting spirit and perform under extreme pressure when faced with a set of extraordinary circumstances. Darren's presentations are always passionate and thrilling however Darren includes a mix of humour as well to ensure audiences are taken on a roller coaster ride.

Darren is also a popular OH&S speaker and can tailor his presentations specifically for OH&S requests.