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Luke Atkins

Corporate, Inspirational Speaker, Speaking Out

Luke Atkins is one of Australia’s leading obstacle endurance athletes. In 2012 and 2013 Luke finished 14th at the Tough Mudder World Championships, a 24 hour race held in the USA in which he completed more than 300 obstacles and 120km. He is also a member of the Under Armour Australia Team for Obstacle Racing.

Where were you born?

I was born in Melbourne.

What other jobs have you had?

I’ve never had a ‘job’ I just do what I love and make a living from it. These things include teaching Taekwondo, running self-defence seminars, personal training and speaking engagements.

What themes are recurring in your work?

The major theme of my work is “life is the ultimate endurance race”. I believe the qualities needed to finish one of these races are the same qualities that allow us to keep persevering and ultimately achieve our best life. I have learned the value of these qualities in the physical arena and translate them for use in everyday life.

Recurring themes include:

  • Leadership and Teamwork: To lead others you must first be able to lead yourself. Knowing your strengths and weaknesses is pivotal to functionally positively in a team.
  • Goal Setting: What are goals worth achieving, what are the steps to setting and measuring goals, what is the consequence of achieving your goals?
  • Commitment: Learn to create parameters to ensure you totally commit and see a task through to the end.
  • Resilience + Determination= Grit: How do you continue to run when your body is screaming to stop? It’s the same answer as achieving your life goals no matter what obstacles stand in your way.
  • Face the Fear of Failure: The magnitude of our success is proportional to the magnitude of possible failure. We fear because the success we seek is important to us, fear is a necessary motivator, learn to harness it.

What have been the highlights of your career?

In 2012 and 2013 I placed 14th in the world in the Worlds toughest Mudder a 24hr endurance event.

I won a Bronze medal in the Oceania Taekwondo championships

And my most recent highlight has been my selection in the Australian team going to the World obstacle racing championships in 2014, receiving sponsorship from Under Armour.

What are you passionate about?

Inspiring kids and giving everyone the ability and right to be confident in themselves and protect themselves.

Haven’t I seen you before?

Maybe on Australia’s Got Talent 2008 where I was proud to take my team all the way through to the finals!

Anything else you’d like to share with us?

I have studied for many years and have worked in the education and fitness industry since leaving high school.

  • Bachelor of Science with a double major in Biochemistry and Pathology
  • Diploma of Secondary Education
  • Certificate 2,4 and Diploma in Sports Coaching
  • Cert 3 and 4 in Sport


Luke was extremely inspirational and our students were very taken with his motivational ideas, particularly his take on Year 12 as being the academic equivalent of his Tough Mudder experiences.  Luke made a strong and successful effort to connect with both the males and females in his audience, which made the entire group appreciate his messages all the more.  He was engaging, honest, uplifting and definitely made his audience want to leap out of their chairs and make a positive start toward their own finish lines.

—J. Hahn, Gippsland Grammar, February 2016

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