Ben Hooper is an inspirational ocean marathon swimmer who attempted to become the first ever person to swim across the atlantic. Adverse weather conditions, attacks on physical health and unforeseen circumstances attempted to thwart his efforts, however, they could not challenge his mental resilience. Hear how one man turned perceived failure into a success, and be motivated to achieve your own dreams no matter how impossible they seem, with a motivational speech from Ben Hooper.
Founding the project ‘Swim The Big Blue’ Ben set about planning, training and preparing for his world record breaking feat. The challenge was to swim across the Atlantic Ocean, something no one had achieved before, covering two thousand miles of water between Senegal and Brazil over four months. In order to reach peak performance for his swim, Ben swam a total of twelve million meters of water, inside and outside, and meticulously planned the route to best avoid bad weather and deadly sea creatures. Ben’s pre world record attempt efforts act as an inspiration alone, his is an example of the hard work and commitment required to reach unrivalled success.
Motivations to embark on seemingly impossible adventures and go beyond the limits humans have set themselves can come from a variety of sources. For Ben, a combination of a difficult infancy as a premature baby, a traumatic drowning experience as a child and finally leaving his role as a British Army serviceman, led him to take on the ocean marathon. Wanting to inspire his own daughter, and prove that it is possible to overcome adversity, Ben in turn became an inspiration to many more.
November 2016 was the beginning of Ben’s monumental journey across the Atlantic Ocean. After thirty three gruelling days at sea, adverse weather conditions, horrendous jellyfish stings and a missing support boat, Ben’s mission was called off. A devastating blow for the adventurer who had dedicated years to his record attempt, Ben turned the perceived failure of his challenge into a positive and credits his impressive mental resilience and more thorough education on the potential hazards to the swim. From surviving the thriving, Ben Hooper is one of the most inspirational speakers on the circuit. A life story of overcoming adversity, going beyond human limits and transforming every failure into a positive lesson, Ben is the ideal speaker to motivate your audience and offer a fresh perspective on achieving dreams.