Sam Bailey

Inspirational speaker, farmer, pilot, best-selling author

Sam Bailey is a standout inspirational speaker. He's also a farmer, pilot, husband and best-selling author who has achieved incredible success from a wheelchair.

Sam Bailey has an amazing ability to take his audiences on the journey of his life. It's a rollercoaster ride that promises to make people laugh, cry, appreciate what they've got - and realise that nothing is impossible.

Sam tells his story in his own down-to-earth laconic style that captures the great Australian spirit of 'having a go' and he's changing the lives of people of all ages, and all walks of life.

A riveting and uplifting speaker, Sam has thus been described by Robyn Moore, one of Australia's leading speakers and MCs: "Standing ovations don't happen often in Australia, however Sam Bailey's story is so powerful it lifts people to their feet."

Sam recounts his life, from a childhood growing up wanting to be a farmer just like his dad, through to the day his life changed forever at the fork in a road in the Northern Territory and its aftermath. The road accident turned the schoolboy sporting hero and outback jackaroo into a quadriplegic.

But Sam's story is not of sadness but of triumph. He turned tragedy into hope and beat the odds to fulfil his life-long dream of being a farmer. Despite being paralysed with only limited use of his hands and arms, and an intolerance to heat and cold, he went home to the family farm - against the advice of the medical experts.

He learnt to ride a four-wheel motor bike, which became his 'legs' around the property, devised a hoist to lift him into the farm machinery and converted tractors, the harvester, front-end loader and dozer so he could drive them.

He learnt to drive a car again, travelled overseas and even tried snow skiing.

As if he hadn't already achieved enough - he 'climbed' his very own 'Mount Everest' when he learnt to fly an ultralight aircraft.

But Sam's story is much more than that.

It's also a story of love and romance that will send your spirits soaring.

Sam found his soul mate in former Tamworth-based ABC radio Rural Reporter, Jenny Black -who he proposed to 'live' on regional radio. The real-life proposal jammed the phone lines and the fax ran out of paper.

Their story appeared on ABC TV's Australian Story in 2000 with an overwhelming response. In April 2006 their book Head Over Heels - A story of tragedy, triumph and romance in the Australian Bush hit the bookshelves. Within weeks it was on ABC Books' best-sellers list, was chosen in the Australian Government's 2007 Books Alive Great Read Guide and by 2011 had been reprinted 10 times.

Today Sam and Jenny Bailey live and work together on their beef cattle property in northern NSW, in between travelling the country telling their story and giving inspiration to others.

They are currently working on their next big goal (with the support of a Commonwealth Bank sponsorship) for Sam to become the first quadriplegic in the world to fly a helicopter. Their ultimate goal is to use the helicopter to fly into schools, where Sam can talk to students and inspire them to fulfill their own dreams in life.

Client testimonials

As a member of the First National Real Estate network, I have attended many Conferences and Conventions in all states and on a National level. At the end of Sam and Jenny's story, the entire First National audience gave a standing ovation — and that is the first time in my 13 years of membership that has been witnessed. Their story is one that will touch and change even the toughest heart.

First National Real Estate

That was the best presentation that our clients and I have ever heard. It really inspired all of us and I can't tell you the gratitude felt in the room after the talk. It lifted all of us to a new level and demonstrated that our lives are truly amazing just as they are. In our coaching calls this week all of our clients are still talking about the speech. The talk moved everyone in a number of ways and we all felt a variety of emotions from laughter, sadness, triumph, determination and commitment.

ActionCOACH Sydney

I wish to commend Sam & Jenny Bailey for one of the most uplifting presentations we at Ray White Rural have ever had at a Conference. Sam's story, which he tells so honestly, is one which made us all appreciate what we have and also to build a belief in ourselves that we can do anything we put our minds to. I thank Sam & Jenny from my heart and wish them well.

Ray White Rural

The students and staff at Marist College were privileged to hear the insights of Sam Bailey and his wife Jenny. You could have 'heard a pin drop' as 150 students sat riveted to every word. Drama, humour, wisdom - the speech had every aspect of a genuine life changing experience. A wonderful opportunity for any young person on the cusp of adulthood.

Marist College, Emerald

Sam absolutely captured 100% of the audience of 100 people and had their full attention for the entire presentation. No one was playing with mobile phones or any other distractions, they were all very focused on Sam and his truly remarkable story. Sam’s journey is just so inspirational and I believe that everyone in the audience was touched by not only his story but also his resilience to get up and face the world again. Sam is such a positive role model and really conveyed the message that anyone can achieve whatever they want to, even in the eye of adversity. He certainly makes you take a step back and reflect on life and to realise that anything is achievable.

Hedweld Engineering Pty Ltd