Jock Wishart is one of those doughty Scots, hard-wired to succeed. A leading adventurer and sportsman, he was the first to walk unsupported to the magnetic North Pole, has rowed across the Atlantic Ocean, and broke the record for the fastest circumnavigation in a powerboat. In 2011, he led a team that successfully rowed (and dragged) a boat to the North Pole.
Born in Dumfries, Scotland, Jock graduated from Durham University and has become one of Britain’s leading ‘Corinthians’. He has represented his country at rowing and yachting, and is a veteran of the 1980 British America’s Cup team. A British University championship medal winner in rowing, sprint canoeing and weight lifting, he also project managed the team that broke the Round Britain powerboat record in 1989, He is also a former European Dragon Boat Racing champion.
Formerly PR Director for a leading public relations firm in London, Wishart has a charismatic personality well used to communicating with large multi-national companies and audiences. In 1991, he was head of public relations at the 1991 Rugby World Cup, and his adventures have led him to become a regular TV pundit commentating on extreme sports and survival. He is regularly called on to represent Corporates and sponsors in personal appearances, lectures, motivational presentations, promotions, television work and radio-broadcasting. Past associations include Remy UK, British Petroleum, Gallaher, Adidas, Cummins Engines, Cable & Wireless Plc, Old Pulteney Whisky, Accenture, QBE and Wedgwood.
Jock lives in Kingston upon Thames with his wife and two children
"It's clear that Jock Wishart is hard-wired to succeed. Whether it is something that came from his robust Scottish childhood or simply his dogged determination, it is quite extraordinary to have taken on the challenges he has and to have achieved them all." Shirley Robertson (double Olympic Gold medallist)
1980: Crewmember Britain's 'Lionheart' America's Cup Challenge
1989: Broke the Round Britain Powerboat Record.
1989/91: Sponsorship Director for Hill and Knowlton
1991: Head of Public Relations for the 1991 Rugby World Cup in the UK
1992: First to walk Unsupported to Geo Magnetic North Pole
1992 : World Games Dragon Boat Racing Champion
1993: European Dragon Boat Racing champion
1993/94: Commonwealth Games Bid Committee
1996: Rowed the Atlantic Ocean
1998: Led the successful Cable & Wireless powerboat challenge to break the powered circumnavigation record
2000 : Led Shackleton's Steps Expedition (Replicating Sir Ernest Shackleton's walk across South Georgia)
2001: Navigator on winning yacht in the World 12 Metre championships
2002: Broke London to Paris Rowing Record
2003 : Founded Polar Race (First ever Race in Polar Regions)
2008: Founded London2Paris Rowing Race
2011: Successfully rowed to the North Pole in The Old Pulteney"Row to the Pole"
2012: Awarded "Mungo Park" Medal by RGS
2013 : Advisor to Canadian Arctic Warfare Centre
2014/15: Organiser of Arctic Rugby (Major Fundraiser for Wooden Spoon Children's Charity
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