Against all odds, Jamie McDonald has become something of an adventurer. Jamie spent the first nine years of his life in and out of the hospital with a rare spinal condition known as syringomyelia. Combined with a very weak immune system and epilepsy, his health was very poor. Around the age of 9 years old, Jamie’s symptoms eased which allowed him to become more active.
As an adult, Jamie was able to save money aside by working as a tennis coach – he then began a mission to give back to the hospitals that supported him, with his own money.
In 2012, he bought a second-hand bike and decided to cycle 14,000 miles from Bangkok to his hometown Gloucester, passing through dozens of countries. On his grueling journey, he was shot at, arrested and slept rough. Using YouTube, he documented his travels along the way, cumulating in a highlight video of the whole trip. Just two days after he finished the journey back from Bangkok; he made the decision to attempt the world static cycling record. He pedaled for a world record breaking 268 hours on an exercise bike set up within a marquee in Gloucester. Across both cycling challenges, Jamie raised tens of thousands of pounds for a charity that benefits the children’s ward of Gloucester Royal Hospital.
These feats sparked a thought in Jamie’s mind if he was never a cyclist before these two challenges, but he could go on to break one of the toughest official world cyclings records what else could he achieve? In February 2014, Jamie finished a historic journey across Canada, becoming the first person in history to run the 5,000 miles from the Atlantic coast to the Pacific coast without the aid of a support crew. Starting in March 2013, his run raised more than £250,000 for sick children in Canada and the UK. He battled -40°C temperatures, the Rockies, a frostbitten nose, and numerous potentially challenge-stopping injuries finish in Vancouver. He ran the equivalent of a marathon most days whilst wearing a Superhero costume - The Flash (yes, the same costume for the entire coast to coast run)! He filmed his journey all the way across to create a short BBC documentary. His adventures have made news, reaching over 100 million people all over the world!
Since his record-breaking efforts, he has now created a new Superhero, Adventureman. Jamie continues to inspire people through Motivational Speaking and hopes to continue to help and empower people through his new charity: Superhero Foundation. It goes without saying, that he’ll be taking on other challenges and adventures for the near future.
The key problems that Jamie solves within organisations are:
Self-empowerment – If your company is going through a challenging time, it can be a struggle to keep morale high. Jamie excels in lifting the spirits of those in the audience, who will leave the room feeling energised, excited about the future, and ready to take on the world.
Resilience – Perhaps your organisation has gone through a recent restructure, or is experiencing a large amount of change? Jamie’s stories help the audience to re-frame challenging circumstances as an opportunity to learn, and to grow. Through authentic examples from his adventures he demonstrates that when you vow to grit your teeth and never, ever give up, that’s when truly great things happen.
Power of connection – No matter who you are or what role you play within an organisation, the ability to connect with others on a human level can have a huge impact on your ability to achieve your goal. Jamie shares how powerful human connections across the world have enabled him to raise over £500,000 for charity, and change the lives of thousands of others in the process. This talk topic is especially beneficial for front line, customer facing staff.
Making a difference – are your staff feeling undervalued? Jamie’s stories will help employees to understand that each and every one of them has the ability to make a huge difference to the lives of others. The audience will leave the room feeling empowered – in full belief that what they do, day in day out, really does make them a superhero too.
Jamie works with the event organisers to tailor each and every talk to their specific needs.
What people say....
“Very impressed by your appetite for pain” ~ Prince Harry
“An inspiring individual” ~ Sir Steve Redgrave (Five consecutive Olympic Gold Medals)
“A true Superhero” ~ Rebecca Adlington (Double Olympic Gold Medalist)
“Thank you for all you have done for literally thousands of kids across Canada”~ Gordon Campbell (Canadian High Commissioner)
“I’ve done some pretty hair raising things in my time, but even I’m not daft enough to take on some of the challenges you’ve completed” ~ Eddie ‘The Eagle’ Edwards (Living legend – British Olympic Ski Jumper)
“You are everything the world needs” ~ Rick Hansen (Canadian hero for a two year around the world trip in a wheelchair)
“Extremely tough” ~ Ranulph Fiennes (Worlds Greatest Adventurers)
“You are proof, that with grit and determination are what you need to succeed” ~ Paula Radcliffe (World Record Holder Marathoner)
“On behalf of all the olympic and world champions, congratulations, and best of luck with your future endeavours” ~ Dame Kelly Holmes (Double Olympic Gold Medalist)