World Para Surfing Champion, Bestselling Author and Keynote Speaker
Sam Bloom is a World Para Surfing Champion, a sought-after and engaging global keynote speaker and a bestselling author. In early 2013, Sam’s dream life turned into a nightmare when on holiday in Thailand she unknowingly leant against a rotten balcony railing, falling through it and crashing six metres onto the concrete below. Her accident left her paralysed from the chest down.
Broken and hopeless, Sam reached her outer limits of physical and mental suffering. But with courage and determination she made her way back from the edge, scarred but undefeated.
Since her accident, Sam has inspired a bestselling book and major ﬁlm – the number 1 box-office hit Penguin Bloom starring Naomi Watts. The movie is adapted from the international bestselling book, Penguin Bloom: The Odd Little Bird Who Saved a Family. She has also co-authored her own bestseller, has won two Oceania KL1 paracanoe championships, and is the two times Australian and World Para Surfing champion.
Sam is the Ambassador for Wings For Life, Surf Lakes and The Sapphire Project.
In 2019, Sam was nominated for the Surfing Australia Female Surfer of the Year Award, and in 2022 was awarded the Surfing Australia Female Para Surfer of the Year.
Sam, currently ranked number 1 in the world, took Gold in the first professional Adaptive World Surfing Tour event in Hawaii and is aiming for a 3rd World Title at the ISA World Para Surfing Championships in California. Win or lose, she’s committed to keep raising the profile of the sport as the global push for paralympic inclusion continues.
Today, she continues to defy the barriers in life and in sport, and inspires people around the world to do the same.
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Sam has found purpose in motivating others to live their best lives today, not tomorrow. From students to C-suite executives and all ages and backgrounds between, Sam’s story continues to inspire audiences globally.
Sam’s powerful story inspired the movie Penguin Bloom starring Naomi Watts and Andrew Lincoln. The movie premiered as one of only 50 ﬁlms chosen for the 2020 Toronto International Film Festival. It was released globally in January 2021 with an Australian premiere and box-office, while it was purchased by Netﬂix to stream across key global territories. The ﬁlm became an immediate hit taking #1 at the Australian box office and trending on Netﬂix in North America and across Europe.
Sam’s deeply moving story of courage, hope and determination has resonated globally, featuring in some of Australia and the world’s most widely circulated and consumed publications including Good Weekend, Time, The Guardian and the Sydney Morning Herald.
After the success of international bestselling book Penguin Bloom, Sam decided it was time to share her story in her own words for the ﬁrst time.
Teaming up with Bradley Trevor Greive again, Sam and Cameron created Sam Bloom: Heartache & Birdsong. Released in September 2020, the book became an instant bestseller and was shortlisted for the ABIA 2021 Illustrated Book of the Year.
Sam focuses her impact work in two areas – Environment & Climate Change, and Spinal Cord Injury. Sam is an ambassador for The Sapphire Project, Surfers for Climate and Wings for Life, as well as funding ground-breaking scientiﬁc research by donating a % of book sales to SpinalCure Australia.
Sam featured in Witchery’s 2021 Mother’s Day campaign ‘Like No (M)other’ showcasing strong and inspirational women and their unique stories.
In May 2022, Sam joined the Surf Lakes family as their newest ambassador and Blackmores has been a long-time supporter of Sam’s.
Sam works with numerous spinal cord injury charities around the world, is an adventure traveller, former neurology nurse and mother of three boys.
Sam Bloom speaks about:
Sam is one of Australia’s most highly sought-after keynote speakers, delivering powerful and inspiring presentations to audiences across Australia and around the world.
Set to Cameron’s remarkable imagery, her personal story resonates deeply with audiences of all ages and backgrounds
Sam speaks about:
· Cultivating resilience
· Adapting to change
· The power of family, hope and love
· Goal setting, grit and determination
· Mental health and wellness
· Importance of nature in healing
Sam impacted our audiences with such humour and realness that we were moved to tears. Her storytelling brought us all to our feet for a standing ovation, I’ll forever carry her message with me.
-Global CEO Business Chicks
Thank you so much for sharing your incredible story, it was truly inspirational on so many levels. I loved the passion in your partnership with Cam, it shone through the entire presentation. Amazing stuff!
-CEO Lexus Australia
I cannot thank Sam and Cameron enough for helping us create such a memorable event, they are beautiful people and this shines in everything they say and do.
-Founder Oliver’s Gift
It was such a pleasure to have had the opportunity to meet and listen to Sam. Life changing and something we will never forget.
-General Manager GTS Westpac
Sam captivated our audience with her incredible life story, which unfolded against a stunning backdrop of Cam's photography..the Bloom story is one of hope, and love and the incredible things you can conquer when you have the right support network around you. Thank you once again Sam & Cam. Both of you are an absolute inspiration!
We first booked Sam Bloom at a recognition event for 350 of our top performers in 2021. Sam’s authentic delivery and her ability to convey the impact on her and her family's life in such a touching way was so well received by our delegates, it made our decision to engage the Bloom’s for our leadership’s conference series this year a very easy one. Sam delivered 8 key notes to over 1500 delegates. Sam’s keynote rated the highest session at each conference and in fact, was the highest scoring keynote from any event I have managed.Sam’s storytelling ability is genuine and raw, and when matched with Cam’s exquisite photography and videos, it takes delegates on a journey of resilience and finding the strength and passion to reach new goals. The keynote is by far the most inspirational that I have experienced. I learned something and took new inspiration from every session.I highly recommend Sam Bloom and advocate for her across the Group. Amazing, truly amazing.
-Executive Manager - Tier one bank
Hi Cam, everyone I spoke to today was so moved and touched by your story. And just the incredible people both you and Sam are. A real breath of inspiring fresh air, humility and kindness. You’ve made a forever positive and inspirational lasting impression. Can’t wait to get reading Sam’s book. And I’ll continue to follow Sam’s success.
-Delegate - McDonald’s
Hi Sam, I cried this morning when you signed my book. Seeing both you and Penguin overcome seemingly insurmountable odds and achieve what you both have, hit me right in the heart and made me realise that with the never ending support of my incredible family and friends, who have wrapped me up in their love, I can do anything. I haven’t cried for a long time. I thought I was strong. Everyone thinks I’m strong. But nope. So – here’s to a new dawn, a new me. Thank you to you, Cameron and your beautiful boys for your inspiration and hope. I can’t thank you enough for being in Adelaide this morning. I think quite possibly, you have changed my life.