Meet Mark

 

MARK HUNTER M.Ed. Admin., B.Ed., ATM., Cert. Coach., and

WORLD CHAMPION OF PUBLIC SPEAKING

Mark lives in Brisbane, Australia, where he has been for the last 30 years. He was born in New Zealand in the baby boomer period! He is one of five children, with his sister Sara living on the Gold Coast, his brother Simon in Maitland NSW.

He was a principal of a school for many years. He is passionate about this role in his life and is committed to ensuring the best is attained for every child in his care.

He is a strong advocate for those with a disability, and has spoken for several organisation who also have this focus.

In the mid 70s, Mark had a unique encounter with a sand bank while water ski-ing. This resulted in a spinal injury, and he has used a wheelchair ever since.

He is well travelled, having been around the world in ’49 days’. He is committed to visiting counties where access is not a priority while he can.

Mark is an accomplished speaker trainer and coach. He has won international public speaking contests, and has been Australia’s National Champion  in 1996, 1999, 2001, 2007 and 2009. He has also competed successfully in the Brisbane Lord Mayor’s Debating competition, being on the winning team twice!

Mark was crowned World Champion of Public Speakingin 2009 in Connecticut (USA) in August of this year. Mark’s World Chapionship speech is avaliable under “Speeches”.

He has presented keynotes, workshops, ‘hypotheticals’, and speeches on a range of topics at local, state, national and international conferences.

Mark was given the nick name “The Wheelie Man from Hell” by a student who spent some time in his office when he was principal. The student spent time there for what might be called “creative behaviour”. Mark often needed to call this student’s mother, much to the consternation of the student ….so much so that in a moment of frustration, the student gave Mark this nick name!!!!!!!