Chuck is a professional skydiver, basejumper, stuntman, cameraman, test pilot, aircraft engineer, juggler, filmmaker & motivational speaker. His skydiving career started when he was a school kid. He achieved fourth place in the 1992 World Champs and became a full time skydive instructor and freefall cameraman in Queenstown’s fledging adventure tourism industry in 1994.
Life changed for Chuck when he broke his neck in a motorbike accident in 1997. He realised how lucky he was and the event became a catalyst for him to pursue his dreams in life with more vigor than ever. During his recovery, he focused on all the things he had dreamed of and set about making them happen. He became a Red Bull athlete for skydiving and basejumping and travelled around the world to break world records in a wide variety of aerial stunts displays. He performed with many of the heroes he has admired. Chuck is passionate about sharing his ideas around breaking down barriers, living life to the full, achieving dreams, and the importance of visualizing a positive outcome. Anything is possible, there is always a way. Thoughts without actions are just thoughts.
What Chuck hoped to get out of TEDxQueenstown
I’d like to be able to motivate the audience into believing in themselves & feeling that their future is in their own hands.