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Authentic. Personable. Empowering. Marathon runner Samantha Gash’s heartfelt story brings people on a journey of transformation, humanity and incredible will power.

Samantha took the ultimate challenge and entered the 4 Deserts Grand Slam, which requires competitors to run four 250km ultra marathons across the driest (Chile), windiest (China), hottest (Sahara) and coldest deserts (Antarctica) on earth – it is regarded as one of the toughest endurance series on the planet. Samantha Gash made history by becoming the first woman and the youngest person ever to complete the Grand Slam. Her journey was captured for the big screen in the award winning film Desert Runners. She now uses her capacity to run long distances to impact social change in developing countries and within Australia. In 2014, she ran 1968kms across rural South Africa to fund an initiative that improves access to feminine hygiene products and education.

Sam’s presentations are interspersed with dramatic film footage and imagery.


  • A story about life beyond the comfort zone
  • Passion, Purpose and Process: personal goal setting
  • Mental Resilience: how to overcome seemingly impossible obstacles
  • Team building
  • Leadership

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Samantha Gash recently spoke at TEDx about her 3000km endurance run from the West to the East of India:


Samantha is an outstanding speaker – articulate, passionate and able to quickly relate to her audience through her inspiring personal journey from lawyer to extreme athlete and community fundraiser. She would be a great addition to any motivational forum.

—Save the Children Australia, Mat Tinkler, Director of Policy and Public Affairs

Samantha’s story is authentic, moving and inspirational. Her delivery was heartfelt and honest and had attendees glued to their seats. Samantha’s energy, positivity and passion is infectious and left the audience inspired by what can be achieved with determination, motivation and pushing yourself beyond where you thought you could not go.

—Bankwest Executive, Andrew Whitechurch, General Manager: Retail

Samantha was invited to speak at the farewell dinner for Standards Australia’s 2014-15 Young Leaders Program. As an admirable young leader herself, Samantha was able to transport everyone in the room to those tough desert marathons, learning life lessons with her along the way. Samantha speaks from the heart, and manages to inspire those that listen to her story. Whether it is motivation to run that extra mile, or to apply her survival skills in the business world, Samantha is well equipped to guide her audience into reaching what they previously thought impossible.

—Standards Australia

Samantha tells an incredible and personal story.  Although her physical pursuits have been super-human, her messages to our teams are more about how much of a role the mind plays in setting and achieving goals – whether they be business or personal.  She really helped my team put business issues into perspective, and helped them realise that ‘what’ we do as a business, is far less important than ‘why’ we do it.”

—ipac, Nick Brinkworth, Head of Financial Planning QLD

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