Ryk Neethling

Global Top Speaker Ryk Neethling

Beruf/Tätigkeit: Marketing Director & Property Developer, Olympic Gold Medallist & Sports Agent, Keynote Businessman & inspirational Speaker, Entrepreneur

Fachgebiet(e): Sport, entrepreneurship and property development, motivation, personal development

Sprache(n): Englisch, Spanisch

You have to be a Champion on your worst day

In 1995, at the age of 17, Ryk Neethling was recruited by several colleges in the USA for swimming scholarships. He received a package from Arizona Head Swim Coach, enrolled at the University of Arizona in the fall of 1996 and became part of the Arizona Wildcats. He became one of the most successful intercollegiate swimmers in history: he won an Olympic gold medal in the 4×100 m freestyle relay at the 2004 Summer Olympics. He is the former joint owner of the 4×100 m freestyle relay world record and holds several South African records. Ryk is the first South African to compete four successive Olympic Games.

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In November 2005, he announced that he had refused a multimillion dollar offer by Qatar's Olympic body to switch nationalities and swim for Qatar at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Besides his swimming career, he graduated with a BA Industrial Psychology Degree. Sportsman Ryk Neethling is the founder ot of the Swimming Stars™ Learn to Swim Schools in which the youth of South Africa can learn swimming by using recent technique and teaching philosophies. Referring to Ryk learning to swim well from an early age provides lifelong benefits. Ryk now also manages Africa's fastest runner, Anasa Jobodwana, and the professional swimmers Chad le Chos and Cameron van den Berg.

South Africa`s Olympic swimming hero is a living testament to the power of passionate self-motivation and relentless diligence to make dreams come true. The fact that hard work comes naturally makes entrepreneurship easily. He always knew that he could outwork anyone in the pool and now carries it over to business. Once a fiercely determined little boy from Bloemfontein in the free state, Global Top Speaker Ryk Neethling now travels the country and the world on a personal mission to inspire his audience to pursue their dreams and then reach them! Highly sought-after on the speakers`s circuit, the business entrepreneur and proud south african`s area of expertise is excellence: get the most exciting, versatile and relevant topic for your next event!


  • Turing dreams into gold
  • Chasing the dream
  • Love what you do
  • Take chances: make your own luck
  • To win is to be the best in the history of your own body
  • Determination: fuelled by failure
  • Time and stress management
  • Work-life balance
  • Property development and entrepreneurship
  • Goal setting and performance improvement

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