Jamie Andrew - Amputee, Mountaineer, Author and Speaker at the upcoming AISTS Graduation Ceremony

Jamie Andrew is the incredible Scottish mountaineer who, despite having no hands and feet, has made some amazing ascents all over the world. 

Jamie Andrew, who lives in Edinburgh, was a leading mountaineer for over a decade before the tragic events of January 1999.  His story is quite simply one of the most gripping and inspiring you will encounter.  In January 1999 mountaineer Jamie Andrew and his climbing partner, Jamie Fisher, were trapped for five nights on the storm bound icy summit of the north face of Les Droites in the Mont Blanc massif.  The rescue, which was one of the most dramatic in the history of the Alps, came only hours too late to save his partner. Jamie, despite suffering hypothermia and appalling frostbite, survived.  Days later all four of his hands and feet were amputated.

For many this fate would have meant the end of all hope, but not for Jamie.  Since losing his hands and feet Jamie has achieved some incredible feats.  He has learned to walk again, taken up skiing, run marathons and iron-man triathlons, and remarkably, returned to climb once more in the mountains that he loves so much.

In August 2016 he made history by becoming the first quadruple amputee to climb The Matterhorn, here in Switzerland.  As a quadruple amputee, Jamie has also made many other remarkable achievements, raising many thousands of pounds for charities along the way.  Jamie’s story, recounted with honesty and passion, is nothing short of incredible and we look forward to hearing it soon at our upcoming ceremony.

The AISTS MAS in Sport Administration Graduation Ceremony will be held on Thursday the 29th of November, 2017 at the Olympic Museum in Lausanne, Switzerland. The evening will also include President Bach from the IOC who will be addressing the class of 2017 and presenting them with their degree’s as well as our usual sports entertainment and various other awards.    

Previous speakers at the AISTS graduation ceremony have included USA Olympian Mara Abbott, Former CEO of Triathlon Australia, Anne Gripper, who pioneered the biological passport for cycling as well as South African Olympic and Google UX Lead for Social Good, Peter Jin Hong. 

If you would like to attend please register here

Media representatives and journalists will have the opportunity to attend the upcoming graduation ceremony. For more information, please contact Ms Liz Fulton on +41 (0)21 353 03 90 or at liz.fulton@aists.org

Photos courtesy of Jamie Andrew

About the AISTS – Master of Advanced Studies in Sport Administration and Technology

Since 2003, the AISTS has graduated close to 500 sports managers, representing over 100 countries from all continents. The attractiveness of the AISTS MAS programme lies in its unique and multidisciplinary approach, which integrates knowledge from the fields of management and economics, technology, law, sociology, and medicine. The AISTS MAS degree is co-signed by the EPFL, the University of Geneva and University of Lausanne.

Based in the heart of the Olympic Capital, Lausanne, the programme is taught by over 140 world-class experts from the sports industry, and academics.

The majority of graduates pursue careers with national or international sports organisations, such as the International Olympic Committee, national and international sports federations, and sport businesses.


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