Like many young people her age, Samantha Gash had a desire to challenge herself and to make a difference in the world. Ambitious, determined, naïve and stubborn Samantha couldn’t have imagined that her journey would take her to the four corners of the earth and impact so many lives.
The ‘4 Deserts Grand Slam’ requires competitors’ to run four, 250km ultra-marathons across the driest (Chile), windiest (China), hottest (Sahara) and coldest deserts (Antarctica) on earth. When all four races are completed in one calendar year, it is regarded as one of the toughest endurance events on the planet.
She has led teams in feats of endurance through some of the most extreme and inhospitable locations on the planet, where things rarely go to plan and agility is the name of the game. She has run 3300kms from the West to East of India and also became the First Female in the world to complete Racing the Planet’s 4 Deserts Grand Slam (4 x 250km races in one calendar year).
She has raised over $250K for access to education and women’s empowerment initiatives. She shares the belief that suffering is a vital part of growth and we need to learn to become comfortable in the discomfort.
Sam is featured in two documentaries – Desert Runners and Run India. In 2020 you will see her in a 10-part series with Bear Grylls called ‘The World’s Toughest Race.’
She is a Global Run Ambassador for World Vision, a goodwill Ambassador for World Vision and the Royal Flying Doctor’s Service and has been a finalist on two occasions for the Women’s Agenda Leadership Awards.
Samantha’s experience has made her an inspiring and energetic communicator with a unique ability to inspire people to push through their limitations. She is a dynamic corporate speaker, empowering audiences in Australia and internationally.
“It is very refreshing to hear someone speak so clearly and authentically about taking on extraordinary challenges. Samantha spoke without hesitation about her passion to make a difference and was compelling and inspiring. Her aim to make an impact on women’s lives in Africa while creating employment is at once creative and meaningful. Samantha’s talk did not fail to connect. Her feats, this purpose and the way she connects, means time with Samantha Gash is very worthwhile. “– NAB Asset Management
‘’Samantha, I was so proud to hear how you touched peoples lives, so much so that we took a collection around the room and raised $600 for your cause – Freedom Runners’’– AMP | Strategy & Transformation Group
“Sam delivered a brilliant and inspiring presentation. She was powerful and passionate, and delivered a strong message of courage and determination. Sam’s story of personal achievement and commitment to constant never-ending improvement was the perfect empowerment for our team. Her ability to uplift an entire audience was enlightening, and everyone was thoroughly captivated by Sam’s amazing story’’– Enzumo
”Samantha was a keynote speaker at the Mindful in May launch and inspired the audience with her story and passion. Not only is she an inspiring speaker she is also a warm and generous person who brings brightness into the room”– Mindful In May
‘’Samantha’s story isauthentic, 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 General Manager, Retail
“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
I had the absolute pleasure of working with Samantha Gash on our flagship Business Forum conference. Sam is such a dynamic and engaging speaker that we were very lucky to have on our stage. Over 80% of the session feedback rated Sam as outstanding. Sam’s story is so amazing and resonated with our audience, many of whom were members in business at the C-suite level. I have never seen so much immediate positive feedback after Sam’s session, it left delegates feeling moved and inspired – and most importantly, actionable suggestions – on how to implement these valuable life lessons in corporate life.– Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand