Tammy Van Wisse

Motivationalist & Marathon swimming phenomenon.


As a consistent high achiever for over 20 years, world record breaker and a pioneering first, Tammy van Wisse has been there, swum that!

Tammy is a master at conquering extreme challenges, from the famous freezing cold Loch Ness and English Channel to the most dangerous Straits – Bass and Cook Strait.

Armed with the same energy and dedication as she put into her incredible swimming career, Tammy brings a truly unique and inspiring presentation that entertains as it informs, and inspires as it motivates.

Career Highlights:

• Swum more than 65,000kms, equivalent to one-and-half times around the planet
• Fastest woman to swim the Cook Strait, New Zealand
• First and only person in world to swim Bass Strait (97.4km) – Tasmania to Victoria, Australia.
• Fastest person to swim Loch Ness, Scotland
• Fastest person to swim 2438km length of the Murray River, Australia.
• Champion for change highlighting the Murray River’s environmental plight from her own perspective as a “human water quality tester”.
• Broke world record for New York to New Jersey, USA as tribute to Gertrude Ederle, first woman across the English Channel and her contribution to Women in Sport.
• Has a day named after her in New Jersey, USA.
• Winner of round Manhattan Island Marathon Race, USA (48kms)
• Two solo swims of the English Channel with honour of fastest person across in 1993 and first brother & sister to cross together in 1994.
• Lifesaver of the Year & winner of more than 150 Victorian State Lifesaving Titles.
• Australian Geographic “Adventurer of the Year
• Ambassador for National Drowning Prevention Day & Play it Safe by the Water
• Ambassador for The Male Hug – raising awareness of Men’s Mental Health


Talking Points
Following Your Dreams
Goal Setting - Finding the Power Within
The Murray River - a Swim of Environmental Endurance
To Motivate, Just Add Water and Teamwork
Turning Dreams into a Reality
Why Women are the Ultimate Winners in the Endurance Race
Winning Against the Odds