WHO WE ARE
Tony has no legs, a result of a horrific train accident when he was 9 years old yet has achieved remarkable feats in his life. He shares his life story and the secrets to his incredible success and encourages his audience to set their own challenges, rather than accept the limitations imposed by their own attitudes and other people's perception.
Tony has never allowed his disability to slow him down. In fact, he has achieved more in his life than most of us are willing to even try. Amongst other things, Tony is a:
â€¢ Successful businessman;
â€¢ Former City Councillor;
â€¢ Author of 3 best-selling books;
â€¢ Qualified lifeguard honoured by the World Surf Lifesaving Federation;
â€¢ World-class athlete & medallist;
â€¢ Certified Open Water scuba diver;
â€¢ Second-degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do;
â€¢ Motor racing champion;
â€¢ Adept Snow-skier; and
â€¢ Pilot; the first disabled New Zealander to fly solo and the first person with a disability who learned to fly from scratch.
Tony has scaled the heights of Mount Kilimanjaro, the worldâ€™s 5th highest freestanding mountain. He participated in Speedweek at the Bonneville Salt Flats and achieved the top speed of 182 mph, gaining him the reputation of being the â€œWorldâ€™s Fastest Amputeeâ€. In 2012, Tony took position as driver of the 2-man bobsled in an effort to apply for the sportâ€™s inclusion in the 2022 Winter Paralympics. More recently, Tony cycled the entire length of the Central Otago Rail Trail in New Zealand.
Tony finds delight in every living moment and shares his passion and enthusiasm with audiences. Now in constant demand as a keynote speaker to corporations and conferences, he has spoken around the world, leaving his audiences with an insight of what can be achieved with determination, belief and a burning desire to succeed and accept the challenges in life.
** Testimonial For Tony Christiansen **
"The dynamic and direct approach to your delivery was fascinating. As I looked around, I realised that everyone else was equally captivated by your story, the challenges you have overcome and the reality that we are only constrained by the limits we choose to accept. I believe the sailors who heard your story have revised their mind-sets and redefined what is possible for them.â€
Rear Admiral J.R. Steer â€“ Chief Of The Royal New Zealand Navy
Wellington, New Zealand