Peter van Kets

Motivational and Keynote Speaker - East London
Peter van Kets


On the 21 March 2010 one of South Africa’s top adventurers and international conference speakers, Peter van Kets, rowed into English Harbour on the island of Antigua in the Caribbean after spending 76 days alone in a 7 meter rowing boat. His epic 5438 Km unsupported row across the Atlantic was a first for any African and is a story of courage, passion, loneliness, tenacity, amazing team work and the will to win.

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. He is also the current S.A. OutThere Adventurer of the Year (2011). Peter writes an inspirational column for the Leadership Magazines – Leadership in Sport

Peter van Kets


He is married to Kim (also an extreme endurance athlete) and they have a daughter Hannah. 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 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 great vision, planning, team work, strategy, conflict management, working in a dynamic environment, self-discipline and perseverance.

Peter van Kets is special and so is his presentation. It reveals the unimaginable extent of the emotional and physical demands that some exceptional humans are prepared to endure in pursuit of a goal they consider sufficiently important. He shows that his success is based on his belief that he would win, expressed even before he began; his understanding that the mind is the barrier that must be overcome since it quits long before the body reaches its limits. His lecture uses a modern adventure of epic proportion to teach human and business lessons that are timeless.

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