Quadriplegic Farmer, Pilot, Best-selling Author & Speaker
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.
A riveting and uplifting speaker, Sam 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 has 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.”
More about Sam Bailey:
From a childhood growing up in the Australian bush to a car accident in the outback that turned his life upside down and its aftermath, Sam tells his story in his own down-to-earth laconic style that captures the great Australian spirit of ‘having a go’.
Sam Bailey beat the odds to fulfill his life-long dream to be a farmer, learning to ride a four wheel bike; devising a hoist to get into farm machinery and ultimately learning to fly an ultralight.
When he found his soul mate in former Tamworth-based ABC radio Rural Reporter, Jenny Black – he proposed to her ‘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 and was published in April 2006 in their book Head Over Heels.
Today they live and work together on their beef cattle property in North West NSW, in between travelling the country telling their story and giving inspiration to others.
They are also working towards their next big goal – Sam becoming the first quadriplegic in the world to fly a helicopter and flying into schools to inspire children to fulfill their own dreams and goals. The project is called Helifirst.
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.
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.