Mark Agnew

Mark Agnew

Mark Agnew and three teammates made history when they kayaked the Arctic's Northwest Passage. He now shares his lessons in resilience and rediscovering the love for your work and life.

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Mark Agnew became a world first record setter, when he and three teammates completed the Arctic's Northwest Passage by kayak. The achievement made headlines worldwide and Agnew was interviewed on five separate BBC shows, ITV, 7NEWS Brisbane, Sky, numerous radio shows and featured in esteemed publications such as The Times, The Daily Mail, and the South China Morning Post.

Mark Agnew now traverses the globe, imparting insights gleaned from the Arctic. His talks and workshops delve into themes of resilience, overcoming setbacks, fostering team cohesion, and reigniting passion by reconnecting with one's true loves. Agnew has shared his wisdom with Fortune 500 companies like Heineken and Bosch, iconic brands such as Marks & Spencer and Ernst & Young, as well as diverse audiences, ranging from schools to startup businesses.

Marks & Spencer praised him, saying, "We cannot recommend him highly enough. He was engaging, funny, took the audience on a journey with his talk, and linked his story seamlessly to our goal-setting framework."

A member of the Arctic Cowboys, Agnew and his team achieved an unparalleled feat by kayaking the Northwest Passage over 103 days. They secured their place in history as the first to complete the route solely by human power, without motors or sails. The epic adventure brought them face to face with the treacherous elements of the Arctic, and the climactic return of winter depleting their food supplies.

Before this triumph, Mark Agnew faced adversity, failing to row the Atlantic on two occasions. This setback led to a profound mental health struggle, requiring over a year for recovery. The experience compelled him to reassess his motivations, emerging with heightened resilience and a deeper understanding of his driving forces. This transformative journey forms the core of his talks and workshops, making them compelling, humorous, and certain to captivate any audience's imagination.


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