Altitude Day

Extraordinary personal growth and leadership development for Year 9.


An annual one-day positive education & leadership event held in locations across Australia.


The event is for ALL Year 9 students, not just those with a leadership position.

Cost: $42+GST per student. Early bird price of $37+GST per student currently available

Group Discount: $35+GST (when registering 10 or more students)

Teachers attend free of charge.  

Altitude Day is an annual one-day event created to empower Year 9 students during this important stage in their school journey. Through a blend of inspirational talks and energising group activities, students will learn how to become active and inspiring leaders of their school and community.
Students will gain advice on how to make good choices, build their confidence and make a difference from three inspiring guest speakers, all whilst forming a strong network of peers from schools across the region. Altitude Day provides an environment where students can step outside the classroom to truly understand what it means to be a leader.
Monday 28 May 2018 | Highfields Cultural Centre
Sunshine Coast
Tuesday 29 May 2018 | Events @ Maroochy RSL
Wednesday 30 May 2018 | Brisbane City Hall
Gold Coast
Thursday 31 May 2018 | Bond University
Friday 1 Jun 2018 | Tony Ireland Stadium
Monday 4 Jun 2018 | Ibis Hotel Melbourne (NEW VENUE)
Monday 4 Jun 2018 | ANU (specific location TBC)
Tuesday 5 Jun 2018 | The Concourse, Civic Pavilion
Wednesday 6 Jun 2018 | Adelaide Convention Centre
Friday 7 June 2018 | Perth Convention Centre (New Venue)
All events run from 9am – 2pm with registration commencing at 8:30am.
Our philosophy is that ‘leadership is any action that makes the world we touch a better place’. Each year we find guest speakers who live this philosophy each and every day.
Below are some of the amazing leaders who inspired us in 2017.  We are currently confirming our 2018 speaker lineup so keep your eyes peeled for speaker announcements.

2017 Speakers


Daniel Flynn Cofounder Thankyou Group (Brisbane & Sydney)
Daniel is the co-founder and Managing Director of Thankyou Group, a social enterprise that exists for the sole purpose of funding water, food and health and hygiene projects in the developing world. Daniel has a strong belief that impossibility is only someone’s opinion, not a fact and is passionate about inspiring others to dream big and do what many believe is impossible. In 2014, he was named Victorian Young Australian of the Year.


Rowie McEvoy  Max Fitness (All events except Canberra)
Rowie is the founder of THE MAX, a group of Private, Prestigious and Exclusive International Fitness Businesses Colleges in Australia and New Zealand. Her business was listed in BRW magazine’s list of The Top 100 fastest growing companies in Australia. From runaway teenager to self-made millionaire, Rowie shares how to do what you love, stand out from the crowd (for the right reasons) and be fit, healthy and strong.
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Brent Reilly Retired AFL footballer (Adelaide)
Brent played 203 games in his career for the Adelaide Crows  and is now a life member of the football club. His career came to a tragic halt after a horrendous training accident where he suffered a fractured skull. Having been an elite athlete, Brent understands the need for resilience, an attribute that helps you cope and get through life’s adversity, whether it be because of injury, expectations, performance or the important relationships in your life.


Caitlin Figueiredo 3 Caitlin Figueiredo Young Leader and Changemaker (Canberra)
Caitlin is a passionate change maker eager to shift the dial toward equality and empowerment. A youth and gender equality advocate, Caitlin is successfully driving inclusive opportunities to scores of young women and youth around the world. Caitlin recently won the Young Leader Category in Westpac/AFR ‘Australia’s 100 Most Influential Women’ for her international work.


3120751_1_OBarnaby Howarth  Former AFL player and stroke survivor (Toowoomba, Sunshine Coast, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Melbourne)
Barnaby has achieved a lot since being diagnosed with diabetes, then suffering a stroke after being bashed in an alcohol-furled gang attack. He played AFL for the Sydney Swans, filmed two documentaries, climbed Mt Kilimanjaro, completed The Kokoda Track and was inducted into the Sydney AFL Hall of Fame. Barnaby is a real person telling a real story. Students will walk away from his presentations with tools to make them more resilient, happier people.


Brant Garvey 2Brant Garvey  Paralympian (Perth)
Brant was born a congenital above knee amputee and lives to push the boundaries of what is possible. He is a professional triathlete who  participated in the 2016 Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro and a world record holder for the fastest above knee amputee to complete an Ironman Triathlon. His passion for the pursuit of excellence in life and sport is equalled only by his desire to educate and inspire others to do great things in their lives.


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Nipuni Wijewickrema Social Entrepreneur (Canberra)
Nipuni runs a floristry business designed to create employment opportunities for people with special needs. Nip first established GG’s Florist with her family to ensure her 16 year old younger sister Gayana, who has was born with Down syndrome, would have fulfilling work after graduating from high school. Nip is also a volunteer counsellor with Lifeline and assists many young people through her work with the ACT Youth Advisory Council.


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Zoie Carroll Founder Zottie Dottie & ZD Social (Sunshine Coast)
Zoie is the founder of Zottie Dottie, a peer-support network for people who suffer with mental illness. Zottie Dottie has reached 27 countries and shared over 550 stories of inspiring individuals who have overcome adversity. Most recently, Zoie has launched a social enterprise called ZD social, helping to teach organistions how to use the power of social media for social good. In 2017, Zoie was a finalist for 2017 QLD Young Achiever Awards.


Sophie Weldon 2Sophie Weldon Founder of Humankind Enterprises (Melbourne)
Sophie is the founder of Humankind Enterprises, a social enterprise that aims to harness the power of storytelling and provide opportunities to foster acceptance and connection. Sophie is a recognized leader and innovator in her field. After hearing the survival story of her best friend and former refugee, Sophie’s passion to record stories in order to create more empathy and connection in Australian society was sparked. In 2016, Sophie was award 2016 ANZ Innovator of the year.


Morgan Koegel 2Morgan Koegel CEO of One Girl (Sydney)
At the age of 25, Morgan is not only the youngest member of the One Girl team, but also its CEO. One Girl is an organisation committed to educating girls across Sierra Leone and Uganda through programs that target gender inequality and factors that keep women out of the classroom. It was the focus on sustainable and smart development that drew Morgan to take up this post. She is a passionate believer in the power of education and the capacity for young people to do anything they set their mind to. 
How many students can I bring?
There is no cap on how many students you can bring to Altitude Day. Schools register anywhere from 10-45 students, sometimes even more.
Can only Year 9 students attend?
Yes, the day has been crafted specifically for Year 9 students. yLead does offer other experiences for other year levels. Please feel free to enquire through our website.
Do the students have to be in a junior leadership role?
No, Altitude Day is for everyone. Even the teachers love it!
What are the times for the day?
All Altitude Days commence at 9:00am SHARP and close at 2:00pm SHARP. We like everyone to arrive by 8:45am to register and for transport pickups to be arranged for after 2:10pm. There will be 2 x 20 minute breaks throughout the day.
Can students attend alone?
Unfortunately not. Whilst we are in the conference space all students are highly engaged but we do request teachers/parents/staff to supervise their students during break times.
What do students need to bring?
Students will need to bring a pen, water bottle and their lunch. An open-mind, a willingness to network and positive energy will also be welcomed at Altitude Day!
Is there a cost for teachers?
Teachers attending are complimentary. We do encourage all to be involved throughout the day. Being part of the activities and networking will allow for the themes and messages from this shared experience to be strengthened back in a school environment.
Parking, drop off and bus zone details.
All registered schools will receive specific event details for their upcoming Altitude Day closer to the date.
Will food and drink be provided?
To ensure Altitude Day can be accessible to as many students as possible, students and teachers are asked to provide their own food and drink as they would on a normal school day. Tea and coffee will be available for teachers throughout the day.
If you have any other questions, please feel free to contact us on 07 3266 2828. Our team loves to chat all things Altitude Day!

Very dynamic, engaging and motivational day to get year 9 students excited about future leadership prospects.

Tony Purvis, Teacher, Rostrevor College

The session gave the students a fresh new way of looking at leadership.

Lyndon Pamy, Teacher, Cabra Dominican College

The energy in the room was electric; the day is targeted at year nine students on their level. It challenges the students by taking them out of their comfort zone.

Jan Cunningham, Teacher, The Southport School



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