Looking death in the face, why do some people live and others die? And why do some people choose to put their lives on the line in high-risk, ultra sports?
Why do some people choose to put their lives on the line in high-risk, ultra sports? We’ve invited two people who’ve faced death in very different circumstances – and lived – to tell their frightening tales; and another who thrives on the adrenalin rush of BASE jumping.
Sue Dockar was competing in an Australian spear fishing competition off Gladstone when she was swept away by king tides – spending two days and two nights lost at sea. Given up for dead, she focussed only on those things she could control, ignoring all else, and eventually washing up on an island to be spotted by a commuter helicopter whose pilot was making one last search pass;
Nigel Brennan, photojournalist on assignment in Somalia, was kidnapped and a $1m ransom demanded – an ultimatum the Australian Government would not concede or condone. Nigel’s family was on its own sorting this out, while brutalised and shackled he faced the fight of his life – for 462 days!
Andrew Peacock, an emergency and remote area doctor, mountaineer, expedition leader and accomplished photographer who has tackled some of the world’s highest peaks, including Manaslu in Nepal and Shishapangma in Tibet – both 8000m-plus massifs. Descending Mt Cook in 2001, he watched his climbing partner fall into a deep crevasse after their rock anchor failed. Unable to reach him, Andrew completed a difficult descent over rough terrain to raise the alarm – but his mate didn’t survive.
Eric Brymer is a psychologist, author and researcher who has focused on exploring the psychology of athletes who voluntarily undertake dangerous activities where the most likely outcome of a mismanaged mistake or accident is death. He believes there’s a close co-relation between their responses and those of people who unexpectedly find their lives at risk.
Paul Barclay will lead the discussion which will be recorded for later broadcast on Radio National’s “Big Ideas”.
When the chips are down
11.30am Saturday 22 June
Outrigger Little Hastings Street, Resort and Spa
$85 - Forum and Lunch*
$35 - Forum only $25 - Pensioners and Students (Forum only)
* Following Forum event opportunity to join Forum Speaker/s over a 2 course lunch with glass of wine – Numbers limited to 50 people.
Outrigger Little Hastings Street, Resort and Spa, Noosa Heads
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