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  Khoo Swee Chiow, Adventure Consultant & Motivational Speaker


Img0017_2.jpg (64394 bytes) Khoo Swee Chiow climbed Mt Everest in 1998. In 1999, he skied to the South Pole, covering a distance of 1,125km in 57 days. In 2000, he completed the Seven Summits and became the 1st South East Asian to achieve this feat. The Seven Summits are the highest mountains on each of the seven continents in the world. In 2001, he climbed Shishapangma (8027 meters) in Tibet without oxygen aid.
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Having worked for Singapore Airlines in the IT division for 6 years, Swee Chiow quit his job in January 2001 to attempt skiing to the North Pole. But he had to abort the mission after 9 days due to some frostbite injuries. Not one to give up easily, he made a 2nd attempt the following year. After 45 days, he reached the North Pole. He is now the 1st South East Asian and the 4th person in the world to complete The Adventure Grand Slam, that is, the South Pole, the North Pole and the Seven Summits.

Besides planning, organizing and training for expeditions, Swee Chiow gives motivational talks to a wide range of audience from schools to corporations. His book is Journeys To The Ends Of The Earth by Khoo Swee Chiow

He has been called Singapore's very first professional adventurer. However, he is happier to simply let people know that he is merely chasing his dreams. One of his powerful messages is "If I can climb Mt Everest, so can you."

KHOO SWEE CHIOW’S CV 

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

1998 – Mt Everest

1999 – South Pole

2000 – 7 Summits

2001 – Shishapangma without oxygen

2002 – North Pole

2003 – Cycling Singapore-Beijing 

Education:                    B Sc. (Hons) in Computer Science, University of Melbourne

Hobby:                         Music, photography

ACHIEVEMENTS

·        On 14 November 2003, cycled 8,066km in 73 days from Singapore to Beijing

·        The 1st South East Asian and the 4th in the world to complete the Adventure Grand Slam which consists of 7 Summits, South Pole & North Pole

·        Reached North Pole on 5 May 2002 after skiing 771 km in 45 days

·        In September 2001, climbed Shishapangma (8027m) without oxygen aid. The 1st South East Asian to have climbed an 8000m peak without oxygen and the only South East Asian so far to have climbed three 8,000 meters peak – Cho Oyu, Everest & Shishapangma.

·        In June 2001, cycled 1,213km in 10 days from Penang to Kota Baru to Singapore.

·        In January 2001, quit job in Singapore Airlines to become the 1st professional adventurer in Singapore. Khoo now dedicates himself to pursuit of excellence in adventure.

·        1st South East Asian to complete the 7 Summits in 2000.

·        Reached South Pole on 31 December 1999 after skiing 1,125 km in 57 days.

·        Leader of the 1st Singapore Antarctica Expedition in 1999. This expedition achieved 100% success.

·        Reached the summit of Everest on 25 May 1998 as part of the 1st Singapore Mt Everest Expedition.

·        Completed 2 marathons (1997 & 1998)

AWARDS

·        National Youth Award 1998 (Sports & Adventure. Team)

·        Excellence Award by Totalisator Board 1998 (Team)

·        SPORTSCITY’s Personality Award 2001

·        Singapore Youth Awards 2002  (Sports & Adventure. Individual)

BOOK

Author of “Journeys to the Ends of the Earth”, published August 2003.

PRODUCT ENDORSEMENT

TV commercial for Royal Umbrella Rice (broadcast in Singapore Oct 2003 – Oct 2005)

DREAMS

·        Go to space

·        Wildlife & environment conservation

·        Helping people to realise their potentials and dreams

CURRENT PROJECT

Fatherhood since 30 Nov 2003

COMMUNITY WORK

In year 2000, Khoo assisted Springfield Secondary School in training for their mountaineering expedition to Nepal. He also went to Mt Kinabalu with students from Hai Sing Catholic School.

As part of the North Pole expedition, Khoo collaborated with Marine Parade Community Development Centre to raise funds for the intellectually disabled children and the tetraplegics. The mission is called Extreme North Charity Mission. The total amount raised was $255,000.00.

He is a volunteer in the Tetraplegics Workgroup. The main aim of the group is to provide post-treatment support to the patients in their social, emotional and employment need.

In June 2001, together with 25 cyclists, he participated in Riding For Life to raise funds for Action For Aids. The total funds raised was $50,000.

In July 2001, he joined an international team of 7 Everest climbers to climb Mt Ararat in Turkey and raised funds for AKUT (Turkey Search and Rescue Association).

MOTIVATIONAL TALKS

Khoo has given 100 talks. His clients include the following organizations.

·        Microsoft

·        Motorola

·        IBM

·        Lotus

·        Discovery Networks Asia

·        Singapore Airlines

·        F&N Coca-Cola

·        OCBC Bank

·        Standard Chartered Bank

·        DBS Bank

·        Abacus Distribution Systems

·        FILA

·        Hitachi Asia

·        4th GAMA Singapore Agency Management Conference

·        5th GAMA Singapore Agency Management Conference

·        Society of Incentive & Travel Executives

·        IT&CMA 2002

·        Tetra Pak

·        Gillette

·        NTUC Income

·        Young Presidents Organization

·        MCC Transport

·        Norwegian Embassy & Norwegian Business Club

·        Procter & Gamble

·        Montessori Kindergarten

·        Swiss Cottage Primary School

·        Ang Mo Kio North Primary School

·        Jing Shan Primary School

·        Springfield Secondary School

·        Tanjong Katong Secondary School

·        Cedar Girls’ Secondary School

·        St Andrews Secondary School

·        Ping Yi Secondary School

·        Anderson Junior College

·        Kaki Bukit Prison School

·        Jalan Awan Prison

·        Nanyang Technological University

·        Singapore Management University

·        National University of Singapore

·        Ministry of Education

·        Ministry of Trade & Industry

·        Defence Science Technology Agency

·        People’s Association

·        Singapore Sports Council (SEA Games Athletes)

·        National Library Board

·        Rotary Club West

·        Orchard Toastmaster

·        MacPherson Community Club

·        Y’s Men Club

·        Very Special Arts Singapore

·        Haagen-Dazs Junior Club

·        Seletar Country Club

·        Singapore Armed Forces Yacht Club

His talks include the following topics illustrated through his adventure and expedition experience:

·        Vision

·        Preparations in meeting challenges

·        Life-long learning

·        Performing under pressure

·        Risk-taking

·        Handling failure

·        Achieving peak performance

·        Passion

·        Courage

·        Teamwork

·        Leadership

MOUNTAINS CLIMBED

 

Date

Mountain

Location

Height (meters)

1

1980

Ledang

Johor

1276

2

July 1988

Kinabalu

Sabah

4101

3

April 1989

Tahan

Pahang

2187

4

August 1991

Mt Elbert

Colorado

4399

5

October 1991

Mt Massive

Colorado

4396

6

October 1991

Longs Peak

Colorado

4345

7

June 1994

Kilimanjaro

Tanzania

5895

8

January 1995

Kerinci

Sumatra

3800

9

September 1995

Stok Kangri

India

6153

10

December 1995

Yu San

Taiwan

3997

11

December 1995

Shueh San

Taiwan

3886

12

July 1996

Piz Morteratsch

Switzerland

3751

13

July 1996

Mont Blanc

France

4807

14

July 1996

Grand Combin

Switzerland

4314

15

October 1996

Putha Hiunchuli

Nepal

7246

16

January 1997

Rinjani

Lombok

3726

17

September 1997

Cho Oyu

Tibet

8201

18

May 1998

Everest

Nepal

8850

19

September 1998

Sabalan

Iran

4811

20

September 1998

Damavand

Iran

5671

21

August 1999

Mt Whitney

California

4419

22

August 1999

Mt Fuji

Japan

3776

23

February 2000

Aconcagua

Argentina

6962

24

July 2000

McKinley

Alaska

6194

25

Sep 2000

Elbrus

Russia

5642

26

October 2000

Ngga Pulu

Irian Jaya

4862

27

October 2000

Carstenz Pyramid

Irian Jaya

4884

28

October 2000

Kosciuszko

Australia

2228

29

November 2000

Vinson Massif

Antarctica

4897

30

July 2001

Ararat

Turkey

5137

31

September 2001

Shishapangma

Tibet

8027

32

July 2003

Agung

Bali

3042

33

July 2003

Raung

Java

3332

OTHER ENDURANCE EVENTS 

Date

Event

December 1997

Completed 1st marathon

December 1998

Completed 2nd marathon

June 2001

Cycled 1,213km in 10 days from Penang to Kota Baru to Singapore

 

Khoo Swee Chiow veteran climber, Everest Summiter, author and motivational speaker. To book Swee e-mail  

 

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