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Rob Hamill
Trans-atlantic Rower
New Zealand Sporting Celebrity Rower and Keynote Motivational Speaker for Conferences, After Dinner speeches and Team Building.
Based Hamilton, Waikato New Zealand
Available locally and internationally.
For bookings contact:
Talent On Line by email or phone Samantha on +64 9 6361469  


 Rob Hamill - “Anything is Possible”

Whether it’s laugh out loud humour, inspiration or thought provoking anecdotes and perspective, Rob Hamill’s deeply moving presentations has it all.

“An extraordinary mental and physical effort – something very, very special” is how Sir Peter Blake described Rob Hamill and the late Phil Stubbs’ incredible achievement in winning the inaugural Atlantic Rowing Race.

Marathon rowing champion Rob Hamill has been a New Zealand International rowing representative for 16 years. Rob’s numerous rowing achievements include World Champs silver, Commonwealth gold and a world record on the indoor rowing machine.

Rob represented New Zealand at the Atlanta Olympics and published ‘The Naked Rower’ on how he and Phil Stubbs captured headlines around the world winning the gruelling and inaugural Atlantic Rowing Race in 41 days. He then led teams to successful defences in the next two editions making it a 3-peat of victories for New Zealand.

He is co-organiser of ‘The Great Race’ an annual rowing 8s clash between Waikato and Cambridge/Oxford/Harvard/Washington Universities on the Waikato River. His also recently conceived and managed a rowing expedition across the Tasman Sea.

Ambitious goal-setting, teamwork and overcoming adversity in multiple Atlantic Rowing Race campaigns is the spine of Rob’s presentations, sandwiching the challenge of following his brother Kerry’s journey into Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge genocide (optional topic).

Powerful inspiring messages on tenacity, hope, love and the last human freedom: the power to choose your attitude and how you respond in a given situation. The humour, the insights and the emotional turning points have audiences spellbound.

Rob will inspire you to pursue your dreams whatever they may be, to take on new challenges, overcoming hardship against the odds and know that with passion anything is possible!

It doesn’t hurt to be just a little bit crazy too!

Rob’s life is about following the dream, decision making, commitment, team building, goal setting, planning, focus, determination, positive thinking and, of course, winning!

Some Key Messages:

Make dreams memories

Anchoring to the goal

Keep Going; if you can’t walk, creep!

With Passion Anything is Possible

Challenges don’t develop character, they reveal it


“Rob is the only speaker that I can recall receiving a standing ovation from our sales force. This is a real testament to Rob as we have also had some highly rated international speakers at our conferences.” Mohan Jesudason, Telecom New Zealand Limited

“As you are aware we had a most successful and enjoyable Conference with over 650 in attendance. Many people have commented that Rob Hamill’s presentation was the highlight of the Conference. I must say that his ability to thread the sponsor’s name and services throughout his address, and in such a subtle way, was indeed very clever and professionally managed.” Mike Dearsley, Rotary Conference Chairman District 9940

“… hearing your story was more inspirational than all the traditional "motivational" type trainers put together.” Mike Pinkney, Pinkney Real estate

“One regular conference goer said I could organise another 50 conferences and not see a presentation as good as that.” Lawrence Fisher, Petroject

“Rob has a remarkable story, told in a clever and compelling way. He is able to engage deeply with his audience; he made us laugh, cry and most importantly think deeply, as leaders, about our role in the world. One of the best!”  Heather Kean, HR Manager, Fonterra

“Child Cancer Foundation was looking for an inspirational speaker who would reflect the passion, the hope and the commitment exhibited by CCF and its members. When I set out to look for such a person Rob Hamill’s name kept bubbling to the surface and I’m delighted I made the phone call. Rob your speech is probably the most inspiring talk I have ever listened to. Your story is an amazing one delivered in a passionate and yet entertaining manner.”  Jim Boult, CEO Christchurch International Airport

“Rob was unbelievable, amazing, so well received, such a lovely guy, so humble. Had some of the audience in tears. Craig Milne, Marsh Country Head

“It was both an honour and a pleasure to be your host. The whole audience was captivated by your speech from start to finish. The clever way it was put together and how you incorporated our theme was fantastic. Your speech was truly inspirational and I personally have taken a lot out of it. The perspective on how I view challenges will change going forward as I am sure many others will too. I read a quote the other day that said ‘Don’t wait for sleep to dream’ and I think that sums it up nicely.” Sharon Belk, Horizons Regional Council

“We have received nothing but the highest praise for your open and honest talk – many people have been deeply moved by your story and it was the highlight of the sessions. “Helen Little, Marsh EA to Country Head

“Listening to Rob speak is a breath of fresh air! Too often we come across heroes that seem untouchable, unattainable. But Rob’s earthy humour and humble nature coupled with an unwavering drive and determination gives his story palpable appeal and something that the everyday person can truly connect with. Communicating with a passion that is infectious, Rob’s story is one of triumph and tragedy and provides any listener the inspiration to get beyond the mindset of ‘just getting by’ when enduring tough or challenging times. He imparts the wisdom and notion that self- belief is critical and more importantly ‘possible’ for every one of us to achieve on our own personal journey to success.” Julie Egonidis, Faculty Management, Melbourne

“Rob was outstanding. As requested he arrived early and set himself up with minimal assistance using our equipment. He was seated at the top table with some of our senior ranked officers and clearly struck a rapport early on, he skilfully (craftily) knitted some of this into the early part of his talk which was captivating and all were taken along on the roller coaster journey he portrays. He managed to lift the room initially before plummeting down into a deep and (not depressing) emotional low. This is done in such a way that he brings you along with him before raising your spirits once more and filling the room with laughter at the talks close.

Rob cleverly moulded his message around his audience and expressed great respect for the military people in the room. This was appreciated. I would highly recommend Rob to any audience.” Capt Robert Buckland, NZ Defense Force

“I thought that you would be outstanding concluding Conference but I could not have expected the performance that you delivered. It blew everyone away Rob and it got in touch with their humanity which is what I wanted Physical Educators to go back to and to discover the power within. Thanks so very much for providing a conclusion to Conference that was extraordinarily powerful with such an invaluable message for all present.” Gordon Paterson, PE Association

“Really enjoyed your session yesterday. It’s been the talk of the town. I’ve had so many people getting in touch afterwards and even had calls last night from people wanting to talk about it. Phenomenal. Very very good. Most impressed.”  Alan Benzenberg, Christchurch City Council

“Everyone has been raving about you as a speaker. You pitched perfectly for the audience, so well done!” Julie-Ann Ross, ADNZ

“You made a significant contribution to the success of the Pioneer Industry Get Togethers. Overall, you scored and impressive 8.60 out of 9.00 (96%) in the evaluation questionnaire. This puts you at the top of the 10,000 presenters who have spoken at our events in the past! – well done.” Simon Fogarty, Marketing Manager, Pioneer

“Words cannot describe the effect you and your stories had on the group. Suffice to say the background of the Atlantic Challenges were inspirational and damned exciting. We pride ourselves in that pioneering and winning.  However, your focus on the world order opened more than a few eyes....and Cambodia and your brother utterly saddening and awe inspiring at the same time.You made a huge difference...and I now you will again with our group in times to come.” John Stewart, GM First National Real estate

 “Our management team were impressed with your story, and your presentation was much appreciated. I enjoyed the way you spoke both of your adventure and also life lessons, perspectives and values. Many thanks for your time and inspiring message “Anything is Possible”. Mark Browne, General Manager, Louis Vuitton NZ

“I loved your presentation. It was from the heart and I really relate to that. It’s a bit like watching a movie that is a based on a true story as compared to a Hollywood fake, the true story always gives me much more viewing pleasure.”  Dave Robinson, First National Realestate

"Rob spoke for AstraZeneca at our sales and marketing conference. He was an excellent speaker - entertaining, yet also able to get across some powerful messages. The team was quoting him for several days afterwards! Rob's strengths were not only his presentation, but also his engagement and willingness to speak with the team both before and after his presentation. We would highly recommend Rob and wouldn't hesitate to use him again." Tracey Trass, AstraZeneca

 “The content of Rob’s experiences are remarkable and were presented in a light and often very humorous style. The speech will be enjoyed by the vast majority of audiences.... He went out of his way to talk to many of the guests about his life and experiences, which was appreciated and well beyond the brief. I could recommend him highly as a great after dinner speaker.” Kevin Hall, GM Brookfield Lawyers

"You really captured the imagination and attention of those people and left them feeling inspired and humbled by your amazing achievements." Communication Action

For bookings contact:
Talent On Line by email or phone Samantha on +64 9 6361469