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Former Champion Skier, Pilot, Speaker, Author, Coach

Janine Shepherd was an Australian national champion cross country skier in training for the Winter Olympics when her life was irrevocably altered. She was run over by a truck during a training bicycle ride to the Blue Mountains.

While she was in hospital, suffering multiple life-threatening injuries, Janine’s parents were told she would never walk again. Yet following spinal surgery, Janine Shepherd recovered her defiant spirit and learned to fly a small plane, insistent that if she couldn’t walk, she would learn to fly.

With sheer determination, Janine went on to regain the ability to walk, have three children, become a fully qualified commercial pilot and aerobatics flying instructor, and complete a degree in Physical Education and author six best-selling books.

Janine is an extraordinary speaker whose personal story is one of triumph over adversity. Her journey back from the brink is undeniably epic and has inspired millions of people around the world. She talks about coping with change, overcoming adversity, the benefits of laughter and harnessing the power within as she talks about her life’s journey with her audience.

Janine has also written about her life experiences in best-selling books. Her autobiographies – Defiant: A Broken Body is Not a Broken Person; Never Tell Me Never; Dare to Fly; Reaching for Stars; On My Own Two Feet – have become classics in the survivor genre and have been best sellers: The Gift of Acceptance, is a collection of her wisdom, insight and advice and is a distillation Janine’s life story was made into a feature film, also entitled Never Tell Me Never, starring acclaimed Australian actress Claudia Karvan. She has also appeared on 60 Minutes, This is Your Life and the ABC’s Talking Heads and been featured in the Huffington Post.

Janine’s TED talk, “A Broken Body is Not a Broken Person”, received a standing ovation and has been viewed over 2 million times. (TED.com, You tube, Karma tube). Janine is a change agent and is in demand as one of the world’s top inspirational and motivational speakers. She has presented to leading organisations and corporations worldwide, and was selected as only one of six speakers to present at the International Association of Speakers Bureaus conference in Miami in April 2013. She empowers others to overcome adversity by sharing her message of hope, transformation and human potential.

Janine Shepherd was named an ‘Architect of Change’ by Maria Shriver and was awarded ‘Most Outstanding Young Person in the World’ by the Junior Chamber International and appointed a Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia for service to the community, her inspiration and her work to raise awareness of spinal cord research. She is a patron of the Australasian Spinal Research Trust and has served on the board of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA), as the youngest and only female director.

Janine is an ambassador for Red Bull, Wings for Life and also Spinal Cure Australia and is currently undertaking her doctorate in resilience and disability.

Janine Shepherd’s story will take you on a journey from the pinnacle of elite athletics competition (the Australian Olympic team) to the pain and fear of being wheelchair- bound and facing the shattering reality of life-threatening and permanent injury. You’ll experience how she rehabilitated her broken body as a paraplegic into becoming a licensed commercial pilot from the struggle of taking one difficult step at a time on a long road to recovery which continues to this day.

A gifted storyteller, Janine uses her wit, humor, and impeccable timing to engage the audience. She shares her journey in an expansive, inspiring and universal way that will touch your heart and invite you to reach beyond your preconceived ideas of what is possible. Her keynote presentation sows the seeds of growth and positive transformation in the hearts of her audiences.

Janine reveals how your greatest obstacles can become your greatest opportunities and shares the science-based tools that have allowed her to transform her dreams into reality. You will leave with a light heart and a conviction that you have the power within to tap into your innate resilience and perform to the best of your abilities.

Janine Shepherd talks about:

  • The Gift of Acceptance
  • Finding the courage to embrace change
  • Embracing adversity and challenge
  • Responsibility/Authentic power
  • Developing and/or deepening resilience
  • The Power of Forgiveness
  • Finding laughter in everyday life
  • The importance of authentic connections
  • Cultivating compassion, gratitude and joy
  • Freedom from attachment and the need for control
  • Cultivating one’s unique gifts to serve humanity

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Janine Shepherd AM

Former Champion Skier, Pilot, Speaker, Author, Coach

Quick Contact

Janine Shepherd AM

Former Champion Skier, Pilot, Speaker, Author, Coach

Janine Shepherd was an Australian national champion cross country skier in training for the Winter Olympics when her life was irrevocably altered. She was run over by a truck during a training bicycle ride to the Blue Mountains.

While she was in hospital, suffering multiple life-threatening injuries, Janine’s parents were told she would never walk again. Yet following spinal surgery, Janine Shepherd recovered her defiant spirit and learned to fly a small plane, insistent that if she couldn’t walk, she would learn to fly.

With sheer determination, Janine went on to regain the ability to walk, have three children, become a fully qualified commercial pilot and aerobatics flying instructor, and complete a degree in Physical Education and author six best-selling books.

Janine is an extraordinary speaker whose personal story is one of triumph over adversity. Her journey back from the brink is undeniably epic and has inspired millions of people around the world. She talks about coping with change, overcoming adversity, the benefits of laughter and harnessing the power within as she talks about her life’s journey with her audience.

Janine has also written about her life experiences in best-selling books. Her autobiographies – Defiant: A Broken Body is Not a Broken Person; Never Tell Me Never; Dare to Fly; Reaching for Stars; On My Own Two Feet – have become classics in the survivor genre and have been best sellers: The Gift of Acceptance, is a collection of her wisdom, insight and advice and is a distillation Janine’s life story was made into a feature film, also entitled Never Tell Me Never, starring acclaimed Australian actress Claudia Karvan. She has also appeared on 60 Minutes, This is Your Life and the ABC’s Talking Heads and been featured in the Huffington Post.

Janine’s TED talk, “A Broken Body is Not a Broken Person”, received a standing ovation and has been viewed over 2 million times. (TED.com, You tube, Karma tube). Janine is a change agent and is in demand as one of the world’s top inspirational and motivational speakers. She has presented to leading organisations and corporations worldwide, and was selected as only one of six speakers to present at the International Association of Speakers Bureaus conference in Miami in April 2013. She empowers others to overcome adversity by sharing her message of hope, transformation and human potential.

Janine Shepherd was named an ‘Architect of Change’ by Maria Shriver and was awarded ‘Most Outstanding Young Person in the World’ by the Junior Chamber International and appointed a Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia for service to the community, her inspiration and her work to raise awareness of spinal cord research. She is a patron of the Australasian Spinal Research Trust and has served on the board of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA), as the youngest and only female director.

Janine is an ambassador for Red Bull, Wings for Life and also Spinal Cure Australia and is currently undertaking her doctorate in resilience and disability.

Janine Shepherd’s story will take you on a journey from the pinnacle of elite athletics competition (the Australian Olympic team) to the pain and fear of being wheelchair- bound and facing the shattering reality of life-threatening and permanent injury. You’ll experience how she rehabilitated her broken body as a paraplegic into becoming a licensed commercial pilot from the struggle of taking one difficult step at a time on a long road to recovery which continues to this day.

A gifted storyteller, Janine uses her wit, humor, and impeccable timing to engage the audience. She shares her journey in an expansive, inspiring and universal way that will touch your heart and invite you to reach beyond your preconceived ideas of what is possible. Her keynote presentation sows the seeds of growth and positive transformation in the hearts of her audiences.

Janine reveals how your greatest obstacles can become your greatest opportunities and shares the science-based tools that have allowed her to transform her dreams into reality. You will leave with a light heart and a conviction that you have the power within to tap into your innate resilience and perform to the best of your abilities.

Janine Shepherd talks about:

  • The Gift of Acceptance
  • Finding the courage to embrace change
  • Embracing adversity and challenge
  • Responsibility/Authentic power
  • Developing and/or deepening resilience
  • The Power of Forgiveness
  • Finding laughter in everyday life
  • The importance of authentic connections
  • Cultivating compassion, gratitude and joy
  • Freedom from attachment and the need for control
  • Cultivating one’s unique gifts to serve humanity

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