WATCH: Queensland's Bear Grylls inspires students

FUTURE leaders of the Fraser Coast have been empowered by the stories of extreme adventurer John Cantor, who suffered from anxiety and panic attacks while preparing for his world-record breaking trek across Alaska.

Mr Cantor, who grew up on the Sunshine Coast, has surfed on every continent except Antarctica and his television appearances have included being a stunt double for Bear Grylls.

Extreme adventurer John Cantor talks with year 12 students at his talk at USC. Photo: Alistair Brightman / Fraser Coast Chronicle
Extreme adventurer John Cantor talks with year 12 students at his talk at USC. Photo: Alistair Brightman / Fraser Coast Chronicle Alistair Brightman

He spent Tuesday morning sharing important life lessons he learned from his many adventures with about 60 student leaders from the Fraser Coast and Bundaberg.

In his talked he described his trek across Arctic Alaska, and discussed  the severe anxiety he experienced in the lead-up to his Artic missions.

"Where I went wrong is I viewed my anxiety as a really bad thing," John said.

"I never had panic attacks when I was actually in a dangerous situation, it was before I got there that I would have an attack.

"But when I came to accept it was part of what I was going through, I then learned to manage it rather than try to eliminate it - I would schedule my panic attacks rather than try to stop them from happening."

while treking across Alaska, John hiked 1000km and paddled another 600km and faced getting lost, sickness and injury.

 St Mary's College student Blair Stewart said hearing John's story helped put his own life into perspective.

"When you hear something like that, how he kept going when his body was breaking down or when he was told he might die, it makes you think about how good you've got it," Blair said.

"I get tired just walking up the hill, so it really helps you think about what you're facing; like if he could do that, I can do thing I'm facing too."

Dealing with stress and anxiety was also the focus of program's second session; during which students learned a simple breathing technique to help deal with fear, anxiousness and challenges.  

The breathing workshop was run by USC Bachelor of Science graduate and yoga instructor Katherine Tucker, founder of the Breathe Project which promotes breathing as the missing link to feeling good.

"Everyone is so constantly stimulated today and often people forget just how to breathe," Katherine said.

"But the reality is everyone, especially young people, need to be connected to themselves and know how to take a deep breath and be calm."

Topics:  alaska beyondblue john cantor students usc

Saunders slams Council over mayoral minute debacle

Member for Maryborough Bruce Saunders (centre right) has said "nothing has changed” with the Council's behaviour.

"It shows me nothing's changed.”

BARGAIN: The cheapest place to buy fuel on the Fraser Coast

Tiaro is the cheapest place on the Fraser Coast to buy fuel.

Looking to find the cheapest fuel on the Fraser Coast?

UPDATE: QPWS investigating after ranger's electric shock

Summer is spending time at Fraser Island Photo Matahari Sumadi

A 42-year-old man got an electric shock on an electric grid.

Local Partners

Library to air next classic film series at free event

FRASER Coast Libraries will screen An American In Paris as part of the next series of their classic film series.

Something for young and old at annual antique fair

Hervey Bay Antiques and Collectables Fair, PCYC - Kaitlyn and Charlotte Smith enjoyed looking over the jewellery on the Magpies Collectables stall.
Photo: Valerie Horton / Fraser Coast Chronicle

The Fraser Coast Antique Fair is on again

Barry Gibb is coming to Bluesfest 2017

FANS: Barry Gibb talks to a fan next to a cardboard cutout of his young self.

Aged 70, Gibb has re-launched his solo music career with a new album

Veteran photographer's work on show at gallery

Fraser Coast Chronicle chief photographer Alistair Brightman's photographic exhibition at Hervey Bay Regional Art Gallery is on now. It's called 20twenty20 Vision - Views & News.

"In my free time I do a lot of landscape and nature photography."

Cathriona White's mother claims to have Jim Carrey's results

Jim Carrey and late ex-girlfriend Cathriona White

SHE claims Carrey exposed White to herpes, chlamydia, Hepatitis A

The Koi Boys are back with more covers and original songs

Former Voice contestants The Koi Boys have signed with Universal Music.

THE Voice favourites release their debut album today.

RECAP: The Bachelorette S2E10 - hometown visits

Georgia Love in a scene from season two episode 10 of The Bachelorette.

Georgia meets the families of her four beaus tonight.

The Bachelorette: Courtney too slow for Georgia's love train

Courtney Dober in a scene from The Bachelorette.

FORMER favourite eliminated after introducing Georgia to his family.

Singing ex-diplomat brings Afghanistan war to life

Folk singer Fred Smith's concert draws on his experience as a diplomat in Afghanistan.

Fred Smith's regional Queensland tour focuses on the Afghanistan war

Shaynna'a blazing a stylish trail on television

Shaynna Blaze hosts the new TV show Deadline Design.

SHE'S the designer with no less than three shows on ours screens.

New $200 million development will create 580 jobs

Cassie And Josh with baby Alfie and daughter Andee. They have bought at new Lennox Head development Epiq.

Majority of new positions will be given to Northern Rivers locals

Cherrabah's mega resort plans axed

PLANS for a massive development at Cherrabah have been scrapped.

What our mayor thinks of the new draft SEQPlan

The plan to use the innovative technology as part of the new Maroochydore CBD was cemented on site today when Mayor Mark Jamieson and Envac Asia Region president Chun Yong Ha formally signed the contract for the $20 million underground waste collection system.

New plan accommodates Sunshine Coast Council's vision for growth.

Dusit Thani finance crisis 'just a small hiccup'

ON TRACK: Springfield Land Chairman, Maha Sinnathamby, Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale, Developer Richard Turner and Springfield Land Deputy Chairman, Bob Sharpless, at the recent resort sod turning ceremony.

Property developer says project remains firmly on track

Heavyweight enters real estate market

Des Besanko principal and director of Raine and Horne Springfield.

Major rebranding which has seen two big name brands merge

SEQ is the 'greatest market': property guru John McGrath

SPEAKER: John McGrath of McGrath Estate Agents is today's guest speaker at the Better Business Breakfast.

SEQ is the "greatest" real estate market, says property guru.