Biography

Mick Dawson, a former Royal Marine, is a Trans Pacific and Atlantic World Record Ocean Rower, as well as a much sought after motivational speaker and contributor to TV and radio.

In 2009, Mick skippered the first and only rowing boat to cross the Pacific from Japan, to San Francisco, rowing almost 7,000 miles for over six and a half months. Mick completed one of the ‘last great firsts’ and set a remarkable Guinness world record. In 2018, he returned to the Pacific and rowed with a fellow former Royal Marine; Steve Sparkes, from Monterey Bay California to Hawaii, taking part in ‘The Great Pacific Race’. After an epic voyage of nearly three months, the pair created another world first and Guinness Record, as Steve Sparkes is blind. The first blind person to row the Pacific Ocean.

Mick delivers presentations that are unique, awe inspiring, humorous and inspirational in equal measure for the corporate, after dinner and cruise audience worldwide. Mick has also produced a TEDX Youth talk entitled ‘Fear! A misunderstood friend’ which explains how fear can be used as a positive tool to achieve your goals. He has given regular presentations to schools and youth organisations across the globe. Mick also runs Strategic and Executive level Professional Development Events (1 Day).

In 2011, Discovery Channel produced a documentary covering Mick’s epic Pacific row titled Rowing The Pacific.

In 2017, Mick’s first book charting his rowing adventures was published. In the U.K. also titled;  Rowing the Pacific.

Mick’s second book charting his adventures with recovering veterans paddling around the Falkland Islands and Rowing across the Pacific for a second time with a blind Veteran is due to be published in 2020. Titled; Never Leave A Man Behind.

In 2020 Mick will be taking part in the Vasaloppet, 90k cross country ski race with his blind rowing partner ‘Sparky.’ Later in the same year he will then take part in the Yukon 1000 race. Paddle boarding 1000 miles along the Yukon river from Whitehorse in Canada to Alaska.

These and other expeditions and races in 2020 will all take place under the banner of The Cockleshell Endeavour. A project Mick has set up as an ongoing resource for recovering Veterans.

He is sought after as an expert commentator and contributor on TV and radio.

Credits –
Rowing The Pacific – Discovery Channel – 2011

– Keynote speaker, The Dyke Golf Club, East Sussex.

– Keynote speaker, Pegasus Network Club (Military Club), London.

– Mick has visited the NARU (National Ambulance Resilience Unit) on two of their hazardous training courses where Mick regularly delivers presentations on adaptive leadership, crisis management, teamwork and resilience.

– TEDX Youth Talk – Fear! A Misunderstood Friend

Company’s

– Lenovo (Puerto Rico)

– Microsoft (Seattle)
– Finance Services (Chicago)
– Hamburg Maritime Trade Fair
– NHS