Meet The Speaker: Jamie McDonald
Against all odds, Jamie McDonald has become something of an Adventurer. Something of a Superhero, named Adventureman.
Jamie is unique in his ability to keep going, even when times are tough. In fact, since defying the odds to beat a debilitating childhood condition, he’s proved it beyond all doubt twice, breaking two of the toughest endurance Guinness World Records on the planet in the process.
If anybody holds the secret to never giving up, it’s him. For the first nine years of Jamie’s life, he was in and out of hospital with a rare spinal condition called syringomyelia. Combined with a very weak immune system, epilepsy and problems with his legs; Jamie’s family feared he’d end up in a wheelchair and would never walk again.
At nine years old, the symptoms eased, something Jamie attributes to an effort to become more active by moving his body, playing tennis and the help from doctors and nurses. Putting his mind and body in and pushing beyond painful places few will ever experience, Jamie knows what can drive humans, no matter what, to keep going.
His latest adventure in 2023, Jamie visited the 7 Modern Wonders of the World in the fastest time using Travelport+, securing another Guinness World Record. Throughout the journey, spanning four continents, nine countries, 13 flights, and various modes of transport, including 16 taxis, nine buses, four trains, and even a toboggan, Jamie covered 22,856 miles in just 6 days, 16 hours, and 14 minutes.
In-between adventures, Jamie travels to conferences giving motivational, entertaining and inspiring keynote talks to businesses and university students all around the world; showing current and future generations that with the right motivation, we are capable of achieving so much more - more than we’ll ever realise.
With all the challenges under his belt, Jamie has raised more than £1 million for charity and in 2019 was awarded the Pride of Britain ‘Fundraiser of the Year’ and continues giving back helping other sick kids in need through the charity he founded, Superhero Foundation.Jamie has a best-selling book out now called: Adventureman: Anyone Can Be a Superhero.
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