Speakers Profile - Justin Jones

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Justin Jones - affectionately known as Jonesy, is Australia's pre-eminent Explorer, speaker, adventure thinker and storyteller.

His expeditions have taken him to the very corners of the world. From the depths of blizzards in Antarctica, to the terror of 10 metre waves towering above - in a storm at sea and the suffocating heat in the heart of the Outback. He currently holds two Guinness World Record and a place as one of Australia's 50 Greatest Explorers of all time.

Over the past 18 years he has made a career of undertaking huge, epic, record setting expeditions around the world and sharing these on the stage and the screen.

Here's a few of his most notable expeditions:

Crossing the Ditch
In 2008, Jonesy along with expedition partner, Cas, paddled a kayak unsupported from Australia to New Zealand. After paddling 3318 km over 62 days they finally staggered ashore setting a world record for becoming the longest unsupported double kayak expedition and the first people to cross the Tasman Sea by kayak.

Crossing the Ice
In 2012 he then skied 2275km from the edge of Antarctica to the South Pole and back over 89 days, completely unsupported setting another world first. It became the longest unsupported polar expedition ever undertaken and set a new benchmark and raised the bar of polar exploration globally.

Across the Outback
In 2017 Jonesy, his wife Lauren, and one-year old daughter, Morgan undertook an 1800km trek across the Australian outback. For 102 days they lived wild, in synch with the heartbeat of the land, attempting to challenge the belief that you can't lead an adventurous life and a family life at the same time.

Jonesy is a passionate story teller.

On Screen:
His documentaries and TV specials have received critical acclaim, winning 16 international film festival awards and have been played in every corner of the planet. He has also presented in and produced a TV special "Surviving Wild America" for the National Geographic Channel in North America.

On Stage:
For the past 10 years he has presented on stages right around the world. His keynotes interweave dramatic and forceful emotion with powerful lessons on teamwork, risk mitigation, grit, resilience, leadership, trust and communication.

He whole heartedly believes that if you want an audience to walk away inspired - with takeaways firmly cemented in mind - you have to shift them emotionally first. To date he has shared his keynotes and facilitated workshops to over 350,000 people globally.

Only by moving an audience emotionally can you leave a lasting impression.

Jonesy passionately believes that ANYONE is capable of being GREAT.

A humble, charismatic and inspiring character, he is the perfect example of how determination, detailed planning and foresight can enable the most 'normal' of us to undertake the most extraordinary feats.

His Adventures have been featured on:
- National Geographic - CNN
- Sky News - 60 minutes
- ABC - Red Bull TV
- Matador Network - Sunday Night
- Sunrise - Today
- Stellar - Grazia
- Good weekend to name a few.

- World first kayak across the Tasman Sea; Australia to New Zealand
- World first ski expedition from the coast of Antarctica to the South Pole and back
- World first full traverse if the Murray River in Australia
- Walked 1800km in the Outback with a 1 year old!
- Crossed Bass Strait in a kayak (9 days, 360km)
- Reopened a lost trail in the Okefenokee Swamp, Georgia, USA
- Multiple mountaineering summits; NZ, Indonesia and Australia
- Polar training expeditions, Baffin Island 2011 and Northern Canada 2014
- Ran numerous ultra marathons (including 88km with a broken leg)