Dr Kate Leeming
Explorer, adventurer, educator, humanitarian, sports professional
As an explorer/adventurer, Kate has cycled a distance greater than twice the Earth’s circumference and attained four world-first achievements on her major expeditions; through Europe, across Russia, through Australia and across Africa. Through the story of her journeys, focusing on her African expedition, Kate talks about her passions and purposes, what keeps her going through the difficult times and the importance of following each challenge from a ‘DREAM’ through to its completion.
Crossing 22,040 km over ten months, Kate’s Breaking the Cycle in Africa Expedition was not only a physical quest, but an odyssey to highlight the development needs and activities of war-torn and poverty-stricken nations. Cycling through twenty countries, Kate aimed to find out what is being done to give a ‘leg up’ rather than a ‘hand out’.
Kate also speaks about her latest challenge, Breaking the Cycle South Pole, which will involve the first bicycle crossing of the Antarctic continent via the South Pole (2023-24). Preparations so far have included polar training expeditions in Svalbard, Northeast Greenland and Arctic Canada, and from 2018-2022, a preparatory expedition on every continent (except Antarctica). These challenging expeditions, either in polar conditions, on sand or at altitude, are also integral with Kate’s Breaking the Cycle experiential education programme that aims to help prepare our future leaders to make informed decisions to create a better world.
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‘We really appreciated the 22 lectures you have delivered over one month! Thank you very much.
We still think your lecture was very inspiring and exciting for us, even to the the last session! In your lectures, we can always find different things every time as well. So, on behalf of EiM, I just want to express A BIG THANK YOU for your good preparation and answers in every session. All colleges and schools enjoyed it and we keep receiving their feedback to this day, in which they all thought it would be great if they could meet you in person!‘
Yuri Gao, programme facilitator, The Shackleton Lectures for Education in Motion (EiM), Dulwich College International
‘Thank you for the wonderful address you gave last night. I think we were all inspired and stunned, in equal measure!’
Professor Helen Wildy, Dean, Faculty of Education, The University of Western Australia
‘It was a privilege to hear your remarkably courageous and inspirational story. It was a lovely surprise to get such a unique and magical insight into Africa.
Feedback from the group was universally exceptional.’
Tim Steele, Director, AMP Horizons
‘…But it is not just her achievement which is extraordinary, she is a very gifted speaker and has a great talent at homing in on the small detail to get across the enormity of her undertaking. Her tale, the way she tells it, is both funny and moving…’
Carol Wilson, Managing Director, Performance Coach Training (UK)
‘A few weeks ago, Kate came to Genazzano to speak to the year 8, 11 and 12 girls about her incredible adventure through Africa. She showed us that no matter how big or unusual your dream may be, with the right attitude, you can turn your dream into your reality, just like she did. Many girls left with the motivation to reach for their goals, all thanks to Kate. She is an inspirational woman, and we hope we can follow in her footsteps by reaching for our goals.’
Lucynda Tomaino, Year 11, Genazzano College
Kate adapts her presentation to inspire and motivate a wide variety of audiences which to date have included: keynoting for UNESCO in Paris and Australia, the Graduation Address at The University of Western Australia, the Shackleton Lectures (22 presentations to Dulwich College International and EiM schools in Asia, 2021), an Australian lecture tour and the Australian Geographic Road Show. In general, she speaks to corporate audiences, at various events, to schools, sporting groups and sustainability/environmental organisations.
Kate’s stunningly illustrated presentations and expeditions have inspired many others – school students and adults – to create and successfully perform their own challenges and projects.
Within Kate’s story, she can address:
- Exploring to find your passion
- Dealing with adversity
- Creating a vision, organising and planning for a successful mission
- Upholding a positive attitude (“How do we get there?” rather than “What will stop us?”)
- Resilience, adapting to changing situations
- Never giving up
- Risk mitigation
- Woman’s leadership using exploration and adventure
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