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Samantha Gash: Inspirational Talk

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Authentic. Personable. Empowering. Samantha’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 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.


  • Passion, Purpose and Process: personal goal setting
  • A story about life beyond the comfort zone
  • Mental resilience: overcoming seemingly impossible obstacles
  • How you can create and benefit from a VCE support team
  • Life beyond the desk
  • Women succeeding in a male dominated arena

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