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Peter Bland

Peter Bland

An extraordinary speaker, Peter Bland delivers a keynote showing his determination and strength to survive a tale that many could not.Peter Bland’s lifelong urge to walk the thin line between adventure and catastrophe has led him...

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Peter Bland Travels from VIC
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Peter Bland's Biography

An extraordinary speaker, Peter Bland delivers a keynote showing his determination and strength to survive a tale that many could not.

Peter Bland’s lifelong urge to walk the thin line between adventure and catastrophe has led him to the ends of the earth and forced him to test the limits of his own body. In 1998, 35-year-old Peter Bland fulfilled his lifetime ambition by becoming the first Australian to walk to the North Magnetic Pole, and the only one to have ventured to both the North and South Magnetic Poles.

What makes Peter Bland’s accomplishment even more remarkable is that he completed his expedition twelve months after his second bout of major heart surgery.

However, Peter Bland faced his biggest challenge in 2000 when he and childhood friend, Jay Watson, set out on the first ever unsupported crossing of the Antarctic Peninsula. With no dogs, vehicles or doctors, they set out to conquer the stretch of craggy mountains, glaciers and ice filled bays known as the “Great White chaos”.

On the last day of their journey, an avalanche plunged Peter Bland into a 14 story deep crevasse. With his pelvis crushed, ribs broken and skull fractured, Jay lay on Peter for three days providing him with enough body heat to survive until rescuers arrived. Suffering severe brain trauma, Peter required a year of speech therapy, physiotherapy and ongoing medical attention before he could function normally again.

Peter’s extraordinary tale of recovery and his determination to rebuild his life led to the production of the documentary “Hell on Ice”, seen by over 45 million viewers worldwide, and the publication of the Australian best sellers, “A Step Too Far”.

Over the years, Peter has used his experiences to the wilderness and has raised more than $14 million for Australian Charities. This work has been done partially as a volunteer as an Ambassador for the National Heart Foundation of Australia and partially as a professional fund raiser for the MS Society.

A brilliant and inspiring speaker, Peter Bland helps people to identify the goals that engage their heart. Peter believes that once the heart is engaged, success is just a matter of timing.


“Peter clearly describes an inspiring personal journey and links this with our everyday experience”
Ericsson Australia

“We found the content of the presentation inspiring and a true reflection of an “against the odds” endeavor. The style of presentation was both positively understated and well attuned to the audience.”
Smith and Nephew

“Peter showed us you can achieve the un-achievable, if you have confidence and have belief in yourself and the people you work with. Don’t be limited by standard conventions or historical performance levels, but stretch the limits, explore new horizons, because unless you do you will never know what you can achieve. He is living testimony to this ethos. An inspiration to us all”
Elders Limited NSW

“Excellent. Peter’s presentation was very inspirational and allowed participants to hear first hand how no matter what life brings, challenges can be overcome with a little determination, and not giving up if someone says no the first time.”
MBF Health Management

“He was excellent for our function and provided a great story only he could tell. All present were thrilled to here his adventures and many were willing to read his book.
I would recommend him to my friends and colleagues.”
William Buck

Speaking Topics Include

Leadership from the Heart
One of Australia’s leading motivational speakers, team builders and leadership facilitators, Peter Bland presents his keynote speech Leadership from the Heart.
With a focus on empowering people to reach their own highest potential through personal leadership Peter draws on his own experiences to teach listeners how to turn adversity into opportunity, stumbling blocks into stepping stones and the secrets of being able to push beyond whatever barriers people may face on the road to achieving their dreams.
Ultimate success
Mentors you surround yourself with
Effort in preparation, discipline, teamwork, and self-belief