Wednesday 15 April 2009

"Life is a Channel Swim - Setting and Achieving your Goals" - A motivational presentation by Paul Hopfensperger, English Channel Swimmer 2007 & 2008

Since my first channel swim on July 10, 2007 I have been asked on several occasions to give talks to organisations about the swim. In return, they have very kindly donated money to my two channel swim charities CLIC Sargent, the UK's largest children's cancer charity, and St Nicholas' Hospice in Bury St Edmunds who I recently found out, need to raise a staggering £10,000 per day just to survive!

Due to this, I have now prepared a more comprehensive and motivational talk for anyone who may be interested which explains, using NLP techniques, how life is like a channel swim. It needs to be well planned, starting with a well defined outcome or goal, and we need to develop the skills and have the discipline to achieve those goals.

Above: Paul talks to 45 members of the Bury St Edmunds Probus Club on Tuesday March 24, 2009.

Wherever you may live, if you would like me to share my talk and explain how I swam the English Channel not just once, but twice, please feel free to contact me by e-mail to or visit the web page by <clicking here>.


Paul’s talk to our club was fascinating. He is a gifted speaker, easy to listen to and has a keen sense of humour. It was one of the most interesting talks we have ever had”.
David Hughes, Chairman, Tuesday Probus Club, Bury St Edmunds.

Paul’s presentation to our club was received with great enthusiasm and is an example of what can be achieved if you put your mind to it”.
Ernie Broom, Chairman, Howard Estate Over 60’s Club, Bury St Edmunds.

Paul’s talk was thoroughly enjoyed by all members of our club. It made us realise what an extremely physical and mental achievement it was to swim the channel, and he did it to raise money for people less fortunate than himself”.
Arthur Smith, Chairman, Mildenhall Road Estate Over 60’s Club, Bury St Edmunds.