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Samantha Gash

Samantha Gash

Competing in the '4 Desert Grand Slam' is the most enduring race on earth. Testing your ability, dedication, motivation, belief and more. Sam Gash shares her experience of the ultimate challenge to journey all four corners of the earth and her ambition to make a difference in the world.

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Samantha Gash Travels from VIC
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Samantha Gash's Biography

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 4 corners of the Earth and impact so many lives.

Samantha took up the sport of running in 2008 as a break from study while completing her law degree at university. By following a 16-week training program, she just about managed to complete the Melbourne Marathon that same year. Motivated by the experience of pushing her mind and body past what she thought was possible, Samantha ambitiously took the ultimate challenge and entered the ‘4 Deserts Grand Slam’ in 2010.

The ‘4 Deserts Grand Slam’ requires competitors’ (who are not professional athletes) 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. 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’.

Samantha view of what she was capable of had changed forever.  Pushing the envelope, the following year
Samantha found herself entered into a 222km non-stop run across the Himalayas. Running at 6,000 metres above sea level, only one man had previously completed this race. By far the toughest experience Samantha has faced, she somehow survived the pain, sickness, extreme heat and then white out conditions to complete the race.

However, the penny dropped during the journey across the Himalayas that Samantha wanted to use her capacity to run long distances, for a reason outside of herself. The following year, while working as a lawyer at Baker & McKenzie, Samantha ran 379km non-stop across Australia’s Simpson Desert. Receiving national attention, the run took 3.5 days and nights to complete and raised over $30,000 for Save the Children Australia.

In September 2014, Samantha faced her biggest challenge yet – running 2 marathons a day for 32 days across South Africa (2,350 kms in total).
Her journey raised crucial funds on behalf of Save The Children that set up a social enterprise business in South Africa that now supports education and health for young women.

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. Sam is also an ambassador to numerous organisations and charities.