Jonty Warneken

World Record Holder for completing the Longest Para Male Ice Swim & Financial Expert

  • World’s first disabled ice swimmer
  • Director for Da Ponte
  • Director of the International Ice Swimming Association
  • Represented Team GB twice at the Ice Swimming World Championships
  • Part of the first-ever disabled team to swim the North Channel

When Jonty Warneken is booked for events, they are known to discuss the following speaking topics:

Getting over life-changing injuries at an early age, dealing with adversity, disability and forging a successful career in business and extreme sport
What a positive ‘can do’ mindset can lead to
Leadership and what it really means
Having weight loss surgery and ensuring its success
Living with a disability
How to live with pain and accept it
My “one step” to start to achieve
How to integrate and build teams
Ice, endurance and channel swimming as a disabled swimmer
My “12 rules of life” which serve me well

Jonty Warneken is a Guinness World Record holder for completing the Longest Para Male Ice Swim after having his left leg below the knee amputated because of a horrific car crash. The accident also left Jonty needing his right ankle, skull, and face rebuilt. It was not just the loss of his leg that Jonty suffered, it was also the loss of his dreams of becoming a military pilot, and playing rugby union for his country. Despite this setback, Jonty set himself a new career goal and is now a successful financial advisor with much experience in international private banking. He also shares how he has reminded positive throughout his career, overcoming adversity at every turn.

Jonty set his heart on joining the military, a dream he had since he was seven years old, he secured a scholarship with the Royal Air Force and attained his private pilot’s license when he was just 17 years old. It is no wonder that when Jonty applied for the Army, he secured a place at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst. He deferred his entry for three years whilst he completed his degree in Psychology from the University of Hull. Jonty was medically discharged after only a year because of the car accident that would change his life forever. Jonty first started his corporate career as a Financial Consultant with Prudential Assurance and built his own high-risk investment business. He has also held roles as a Director for Da Ponte, Investment manager for BWD Rensburgs Investment Management, Head of Northern Region Wealth Management with Sanlam Private Wealth and Head of UK Customer Deposits for Ansbacher & Co Ltd, Private Bank.

As the World’s first disabled ice swimmer, Jonty has also represented Team GB twice at the Ice Swimming World Championships proving that no matter your disability, if you have the determination, you can achieve anything. Jonty has also completed several other impressive swimming feats including being part of the first-ever disabled team to swim the North Channel and swam Lake Windermere. Now, Jonty is one of only two Directors of the International Ice Swimming Association. Aside from swimming, Jonty has competed in triathlons, downhill skiing and Nordic skiing. In recognition of his feats, Jonty has been highly sought after to speak on both national television and radio including BBC News Southwest, BBC Morning News, Stray FM and BBC Radio York.

Jonty has overcome much adversity because of his positive and determined mindset. During his talks, Jonty also teaches others how to have this mindset so they can achieve their dreams. With his business and financial background, Jonty is incredible at addressing all audiences, from CEOs to school children on teamwork, adversity and business, whilst proving no matter your disability, age or gender, you too can push through times of hardships. Do not miss your chance to hear Jonty Warneken speaking at his invigorating and informative speeches.

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