Sam Cawthorn

Tasmanian 2009 Young Australian of the Year

Life after death is a subject most of us will never live to tell, except in the case of the remarkable Sam Cawthorn. In October 2006 Sam's life changed forever when he was involved in a major car accident, where he was pronounced dead. He was thankfully resuscitated, but left with an amputated right arm and a permanent disability in his right leg. Sam was hospitalised for over 5 months and was told that he would never walk again. A year later he defied all odds taking his first steps into a new life, where his story would continue to inspire and change the lives of Australians and people all over the world.

It was Sam's difficult journey that enabled him to develop a mental resilience and strength, that gave him the tools to miraculously recover from an accident that could have taken his life. Sam's story is simple, yet his message demonstrates the awesome power and strength found within the human spirit when faced with the choice to continue living as a victim of a tragic accident, or to make a choice to seize the opportunity of 'life'.

Forever the opportunist Sam chose life, and is now a hugely successful keynote speaker, reaching over 70,000 people in Australia and the World. Sam has a diverse background within the Australian Federal Government as a Youth Futurist and is also a highly skilled musician, and one of the only people in the world that plays the guitar with an above elbow amputation. Sam is at the forefront of global trends and has the unique ability to transform impossibilities into possible realities.

Sam has been nominated for many awards, and recently won the 2009 Young Australian of the Year for Tasmania. His powerful message will challenge his listeners to be truly who they are and to believe in all that they have to give. He provides the skills to be resilient, overcome fears, and to achieve goals and dreams that we that we may think are unachievable. Sam walks his talk, and it is through his experience that his authentic message is heard. After all we only have one life....

Speaker Topics Include

  • Choice - Choose Your Attitude
  • Creating Culture - For Long-Term Sustainability
  • Future Focus - Do Something About It
  • Opportunity is Everywhere - Just Build a Bridge

Client testimonials

Sam’s presentation was brilliant; he was well researched, dynamic and challenging!

Commonwealth Bank

Sam displays a unique skill with the ability to draw on his experience and convey an inspirational and powerful message that will leave a lasting impression in the minds of those fortunate enough to listen.

Parliament of Tasmania

Very entertaining, and packed a huge punch! You have succeeded in getting the business leaders present reflecting and thinking at much deeper level for some, which could be the start of a life transforming journey...

Mentoring for Business Leaders

Sam Cawthorn is an absolute inspiration. Faced with adversity, he thought of his young family, got up & approached life with a passion & enthusiasm sadly lacking in most. His presentation will challenge you to think of what is most important in your life & strive to achieve your goal.

Burnie City Council

Authenticity, warmth and infectious passion leak in volumes from Sam. His love for people, family and life inspire, challenge and excite me. Sam’s quest to learn and develop himself and others is to be highly commended. Once you meet Sam you’ll want to be his friend for life...

Uniting Churches of Australia

Sam has that unique ability to have everyone on their feet laughing one minute and then listening attentively in silence the next. He touched and inspired everyone in the auditorium from our young trainees to the oldest member of the audience with his honest, funny and moving stories.

Work & Training

Sam's presentation is one that inspires and motivates all in a story of great courage and determination, his enthusiastic style and love of life is second to none.

Beacon Foundation

Your story should be one that inspires everyone and it was delivered with wonderful enthusiasm, humour and humility. Our clients appreciated having an opportunity to hear from a "non-financial" speaker who can offer a different perspective on life and what is important.

Shadforths Limited

Your speech was thoroughly inspiring and crafted with just the right amount of humour, drama and showmanship.

International Federation for Professional Speakers

Extraordinary. if you've met Sam, it's a unique experience.

Former Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd