Ask about Pat Farmer AM
Key Points
  • Pat Farmer AM was awarded the Order of Australia for his contribution to ultra marathon running, politics and charitable works.
  • He served 8 years as a Member of Australia’s Parliament, with 3 years as Secretary for Education, Science and Training.
  • Pat's marathon running has taken him from the North to South Pole, and across continents,  raising over $3m for various charities.
  • He was named Achiever of the Year at the 2000 Australian of the Year Awards.
  • Inspiration
  • Motivation
  • Leadership
  • Government/Politics
  • Risk Management
  • Goal Setting/Planning
  • Overcoming Obstacles
  • Effective Teamwork 

Pat Farmer is an incredible motivational speaker. Pat has spoken at two events for me in the past. He has an extremely engaging and humble style that appeals to the audience. His remarkable determination is best summed up by his statement, ‘You can do anything you want to do in life, if you don't want to do it you will just find an excuse.’ He challenges audiences to go beyond what they think are possible.   This is backed by his extensive ultra distance achievements prior to the Pole to Pole Run. The Pole to Pole Run has taken this to a new level.   AT both events that Pat has spoken at, we have had an immediate and dramatic effect on engagement and ‘Can Do'.
Dr Martin Cross, Managing Director
Alphapharm Pty Ltd (A Mylan Company)

Pat was the guest speaker at our annual dinner and was nothing short of sensational. Never before have I witnessed someone speak with so much passion and with such an ability to captivate the audience. I’ve been inundated with emails since, commenting on how great Pat was. Pat’s a legend on the road and equally as great as a motivational speaker.
Pat Carroll
Former Australian Team Member (distance running)  

Pat Farmer recently presented to members of our senior leadership team where he shared some of his achievements and challenges, including his recent 'Pole to Pole' run. Pat's presentation style was engaging and compelling, demonstrating a wonderful sense of humour.  Our team were genuinely inspired by Pat's story, and his key messages in relation to the power of believing in yourself, commitment to, breaking down and achieving seemingly insurmountable goals. Pat is an exceptional inspirational speaker whose style and message would resonate with any audience.
Belinda Rawsthorne, Head of Learning Strategy and Design, Group People Capability

Pat Farmer recently was the key note speaker at our Annual Conference; he was so highly anticipated we moved our conference dates to hear from him! I had followed Pat on the news during his remarkable journey, so I was truly looking forward to hearing from this amazing and selfless man in person. Pat was a true inspiration, engaged his audience and everyone walked away feeling motivated that they could achieve any goal they have ahead of themselves. Pat was the best motivational speaker that we have experienced in the last few years of our conferences who was appreciated by everyone that attended. A very popular speaker and extremely excellent value.
Damian Hackett, CEO 
Place Estate Agents