Giannis Chatzimpeis

Paralympian | Ironman | Motivational & Inspirational Speaker
Founder of the crowdfunding platform
Giannis Chatzimpeis

About Me

"The hardest victory is the victory over self"
- Aristotle
Giannis is a bright person, with a strong and optimistic personality. He is a Pioneer in his life. The fact that he was born with a hand impairment did not prevent him from achieving great athletic, unusual achievements. However, alongside competitive sport, he also had an important professional career in marketing and sales, with many experiences and collaborations in Greece and abroad.
He is the first and only (so far) Greek athlete with a disability to complete the Ironman Triathlon marathon race. A fact that was captured in the award-winning documentary film “Our Limits”.
As a motivational speaker, Giannis manages in a truly humane and genuine way to connect with his audience through his speeches or narratives, making his listeners realize that nothing in life is impossible if you want it bad enough, you prepare for it properly, you believe in yourself and your team while operating with vision and strategy.
He founded the non-profit crowdfunding platform, which has supported hundreds of efforts of ordinary people and organizations to fulfill dreams and goals.
Nationals Triathlon - Swim Exit

Public Speaker

Types of Speeches
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Inspirational & Motivational Speeches

Giannis Chatzimpeis has given many speeches, both to large audiences and in specialized workshops.

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Film Screening and Discussion
After the screening of the film "Our Limits", Giannis Chatzimpeis talks with the children about diversity, inclusion, sports, bullying, athletes with disability, human relations and our limits.
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Corporate Speeches
Indicative Topics
  • The Art of Victory
  • Goal Achievement
  • Change Management
  • Achieving the Impossible
  • Overcoming the Limits of Your Self
  • Building the Leader Inside You
  • Discipline and Self-Control

Our Limits

A film about the sports of childhood, parenthood, and triathlon

Sports Achievements

The first Greek athlete with a disability to complete the Ironman Triathlon (3.9 km swim, 180.2 km bicycle, 42.2 km run).
Triathlon - Paratriathlon
2011 - Today
Greek Champion for many years. Paratriathlon National Championships in 2021, Ironman 70.3 Greece in 2019, Ironman in 2014, London ITU World Paratriathlon Event in 2014, Alanya/Turkey European Championship in 2013, London World Championship in 2013, European Championship Eilat/Israel in 2012, London Olympic Test Event in 2011, Beijing World Championship in 2011.
Swimming Marathons
1991, 1992, 1993, 2021

(26 km, Toroneos gulf), the first Greek athlete with a disability to complete the crossing.

1989 - 2002
Greek Champion. Atlanta Paralympic Team 1996. 6th Place at the World Swimming Championships in New Zealand (1998), 5th and 6th place at the European Swimming Championships (1997 and 2001).
Organization and participation in the marathon open sea swimming relay, which crossed the Aegean sea from Sounio to Milos (145 km).

Speeches and Interviews

What do they say about Giannis?

Thank you so much for sharing your personal story with us Giannis – it was so powerful and inspiring for the entire team!
Daniel Moschin

(General Manager, Microsoft Consumer Division, Switzerland)

Your story is authentic, and it’s not a one-time achievement, but the way you approach your challenges, your difficulties, and the obstacles life presents every day. For me, this is what counts the most. Lucky audience to have you in their meeting!
Marios Tzavaras

(Co founder at Brilliant PR, Greece)

Perfect analogy between athletic performance and professional goals. Giannis is a forever mentor, hero, inspiration and most of all all round decent human being.
Irene Maragos

(Content Creator at Dads of Daughters, Canada/ Greece)

Giannis was my first mentor, when I launched my start up. Strong & objective listener, and guide that asked all the right questions in the most diplomatic way to empower you to consider many alternatives that weren’t obvious from the start.
Nikolaos Zinas
(Managing Director, Tekmon LPC)
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