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No matter how perfect someone’s life may seem on social media, everyone has challenges. An unlucky few are dealt a life-threatening blow. For those, the most carefully-planned future can be dramatically and irrevocably upended in the proverbial blink of an eye.

Thankfully, most of us are never faced with such an unthinkable choice. But if it happened to you, how would you go on? (PAUSE) Would you be able to harness the struggles of your new and unplanned life to redefine and reshape
your future, or would your overwhelming struggle keep you from achieving a life well-lived?

Our next speaker was at the pinnacle of athletic success when her world was upended. An extraordinarily gifted cross-country skier, she was one of Australia’s best hopes for gold in the Calgary Winter Olympics. But an accident at the hands of a careless driver not only ended her future as an athlete, it nearly cost her her life. Paralysed and in hospital for six months, she ultimately defied the odds by creating an entirely new life in numerous improbable ways, both personally and professionally.

She has spent the last 20 years inspiring others and showing them how to deal with life challenges. Her inspirational TEDx talk has been viewed nearly 2 million times and her sixth book, a memoir entitled Defiant, is quickly gathering acclaim as a beacon of hope for anyone in struggle.

Ladies and gentlemen, here to share with you her remarkable story, and offer you a unique perspective on INSERT SPEECH NAME HERE is Order Of Australia recipient, Outstanding Young Person of the World, and Paralympic torchbearer, Ms  Janine Shepherd.

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