Get to know Jamie Fitzgerald
Who is Jamie Fitzgerald?
One of the two adventurers in new TV ONE series, First Crossings, Jamie Fitzgerald is a modern-day pioneer.
Early in 2007, Jamie became the first ever Kiwi to reach the
South Pole unsupported on foot with fellow adventurer Kevin Biggar,
creating media attention worldwide as they implemented a
'business-like' approach to their 52-day expedition.
Whilst dragging a 160kg sled over rough ice, Jamie battled torn hamstrings for half the 1200km journey to the Pole, and enormous weight loss en-route to helping celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Scott Base, founded by his expedition's patron Sir Edmund Hillary.
Jamie also holds the world record for rowing across the Atlantic Ocean in a tiny row-boat, has captained winning rowing crews against both Cambridge and Oxford during his management and marketing degrees, and is a double New Zealand representative in rowing and surf lifesaving.
Jamie's most rewarding campaign, dubbed 'The Big Walk', saw hundreds of young Kiwis have adventurous, learning-based experiences throughout New Zealand. The campaign ended with participants, Ministers and CEOs discussing a strategy to combat the country's negative youth statistics.
Jamie owns his own consultancy, has been a bank manager, and last year managed the training for 7000 Rugby World Cup 2011 volunteers.
Jamie is the kind of guy that loves pushing his own boundaries, and improving the performance of those around him. Jamie is one of New Zealand's most sought after speakers on leadership, communication and goal setting.
A personal note from Jamie
"There is something special about the concept of adventure. There are no side-lines, goal posts, or carefully measured weights in an air-conditioned building. Instead, I imagine the mind-sets, determination and dirt under the fingernails of those that helped build New Zealand's brand as the pioneering spirit on the edge of the South Pacific.
I've learnt a lot from the stories I grew up with - of century old adventures, and the unknown elements of my own campaigns. Through this story telling, we can learn a lot about pushing our known boundaries of endurance, navigation, innovation and perseverance.
Those that we hope to celebrate in this series demonstrated their desire to create new benchmarks of performance and problem solving in unchartered territories.
The opportunity to promote those who have shaped our society by re-creating their adventures is an incredibly exciting opportunity for me, and one that could add some much-needed energy into the minds of our young people.
During one of my campaigns ('The Big Walk') I created adventurous, learning-based experiences for thousands of young kiwis throughout New Zealand. Our young people have plenty of energy and enthusiasm, but lack the stories and encouragement to imagine what adventure could look like for them.
Through this series, I believe we can pay homage to those who have formed our identity, but to also shape the conversations in New Zealand homes about adventure in this modern age."
But which Kiwi icon Jamie's co-trekker Kevin Biggar did spend time with? You can find out in our biography of Kevin Biggar.