To succeed unexpectedly and against the odds.
Derives from the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City when Steven Bradbury won gold in the 1000m speed skating event by skating at the back of the pack and racing past when all the other competitors crashed on the last corner.
We can confirm, with great excitement, that this year's Pasta Night Guest Speaker is none other than Aussie sporting legend Steven Bradbury! His talk will cover his years of determination and hard work leading up to the 2002 Salt Lake City Games, the broken neck and major leg injury (111 stitches) that sidelined him during training, and will include audience participation and the opportunity to hold his gold medal.
"His career as an Olympic athlete was driven by determination and most importantly a will to succeed. With the same passion he showed on the ice, Steven has continued his success as a Motivational speaker, MC/Facilitator and After Dinner Speaker at over 650 conferences and events in 12 countries.
"His warm friendly nature, down to earth manner and use of humour is sure to help ‘break the ice’. The Bradbury story is one of the true Aussie battler who overcomes much adversity to achieve the ultimate goal".
Bookings for the Pasta Night, as well as registration for all Running Festival events, will open during March.
And you never know - someone might do a Bradbury during the Pub2Pub or Flinders5.
Nigel and Kate Marsh spent the weekend on Flinders doing everything they could possibly find to do. After doing the Trousers Point - Fotheringate coast track on Friday afternoon, Nigel entertained over 100 people at the pasta night. Nigel is an internationally acclaimed public speaker on life work balance. He has the most viewed TED speech available on youtube and three very entertaining books. Saturday brought the Pub2Pub challenge that they were both up for, then crayfish and roast local wallaby for dinner which gave them enough bounce to take part in the Flinders 5. Kate took the lead at the half way mark and Nigel couldn't quite catch up (that may have had something to do with me dragging the chain and the fact that Nigel felt he needed to help get me over the line). That didn't pull them up - they then went up to the north of the Island for the rest of the weekend doing some significant mileage on Killiecrankie beach and The Dock. Thank you Nigel and Kate for contributing so enthusiastically to our running festival. Hope to see you back next year. Liz
Nigel is the our motivational speaker for this years Flinders Island Running Festival. He will speak at the Pasta Night on Friday 30th August.
Nigel is the author of three very funny books about life – ‘Fat, Forty and Fired’, ‘Overworked and Underlaid’ and ‘Fit, Fifty and Fired-Up’ His first book is currently being developed into a major TV series in America by the creators of ‘Two and a Half Men’.
He is also the co-founder of Earth Hour, consults to a select group of leading CEOs and is Special Advisor to the Australian Indigenous Education Foundation.
Nigel is in high demand around the world as a public speaker. He also happens to love Islands and going to interesting places so we were able convince him that Flinders Island is the place to be.
You can view one of his TED speeches on youtube at www.ted.com/talks/nigelmarsh - he is the most viewed Australian with well over a million hits. It's really worth watching for the laugh.
And the best thing is you don’t have to actually do any running to come to the pasta night (although we would love you to pull out the runners on Saturday or Sunday) but we would really love you to book ahead to help us with catering plans.
There are lots of options, use the booking form on the back of this page or visit our website www.flindersislandrunning.org to pay online, drop into Council or call Liz Grimshaw on 0428 295270.
Cost: $22 for adults, $8 for under 16’s, free for under 4’s.
Venue: Sports Club
Date: Friday 30th August 2013