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Luke Atkins is an ultra-endurance runner and personal safety expert. Luke has represented Australia in both taekwondo and endurance running competing all over the world from Mongolia to the USA.
Luke seamlessly draws the link between the mental toughness required to run for more than 24 hours non-stop and the daily grind. His concept that life is an endurance race has proven to be especially valuable for VCE students and corporate groups.
As a sponsored athlete in the Under Armour Australia team in Worlds Toughest Mudder and the General Manager of Hall’s Taekwondo his ideas on leadership and team work are invaluable.
As a martial arts instructor for over 15 years Luke has developed structured personal safety sessions for schools and corporate audiences.
I don’t consider myself to have ever had a ‘job’. I have made it my mission to do what I love and make a living from it. One of my core values is to make an impact on the world, so I have chosen things that I enjoy and that I believe help people. In addition to spending my days as the General Manager of Hall’s Taekwondo (where I started as a student when I was six years old), I develop and deliver personal safety seminars and inspire and teach others the lessons that I have learned during my experiences racing in some of the toughest and most inhospitable places in the world.
This really depends on what the group is after but as an example of my motivational/inspirational talks to date.
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 so that anyone can use these values and principles to reach their own goals including for example in their studies, fitness goals or career.
Recurring themes include:
I believe in being a well-rounded person. I have always done my best to reach my full potential as an athlete and as an academic. Some of my athletic highlights include:
Academic highlights include:
I’m passionate about so many things, but helping people to live a life that they can be proud of helps me to live a life I can be proud of. Helping people to find the courage that it takes to put fear aside and take a chance at growth.
I’m really passionate about peoples’ safety, particularly domestic violence.
It was an absolute pleasure having Luke speak today at our whole school assembly at SBC, correlating his talk around R U OK Day with Wellbeing Week. His presentation was engaging, as students from Year 7 through to Year 12 could relate different aspects to their lives and learning.
Students said they were very inspired by Luke! Below are some of their comments
The feedback that we got from the students at Mount Clear College on Luke’s presentation was amazing…… He had taken the time to make sure that all aspects of the presentation were ready to go prior to the day as well as having some props in the background such as books that have influenced him to enhance the story. Students knew nothing about Luke prior which allowed for Luke to build up his story and really hammer home the ideas of making choices in life, working hard, not giving up and always being prepared to learn new things.
Feedback from students:
This is just a sample of the feedback/comments from our Year 12 students after Luke spoke at our Year 12 camp last week.
This is the fourth time Luke has spoken at our Year 12 camp and we love having him to be our keynote and opening speaker each year.
His message is perfectly tailored to our student cohort and never fails to strike a chord with the students.
I am always impressed by his willingness to talk with students after his presentation and his organisation and punctuality is also of note (some speakers are tardy in regards to this aspect but not Luke).
I look forward to a long and continuing relationship between Luke and John Monash Science School.
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.