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Janine Shepherd

Janine Shepherd’s story reads like the plot of a Hollywood movie. A champion cross country skier in training for the winter Olympics, her life was irrevocably altered when she was run over by a truck during a training bicycle ride to the Blue...

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Janine Shepherd's Biography

Janine Shepherd’s story reads like the plot of a Hollywood movie. A champion cross country skier in training for the winter Olympics, her life was irrevocably altered when she was run over by a truck during a training bicycle ride to the Blue Mountains.


Her neck and back were broken in six places, her right arm, collarbone and five ribs fractured. Her right leg had been ripped open, and she had sustained head injuries and massive internal injuries. Additionally, Janine had severe lacerations to her abdominal area and had lost five litres of blood. The bleeding alone was enough to kill her.

Coming to terms with her shattered Olympic dreams, refusing to believe what expert medical staff were telling her about her chances of any kind of recovery, Janine Shepherd focused every sinew of her being on healing her broken body and crushed morale.

Her fighting spirit was rekindled watching small planes flying overhead. She made a decision: “ If I can’t walk, I’ll fly.” And fly she did. While still covered in a full body plaster cast, Janine was lifted into an aircraft for her first flight. That moment changed her life forever.

Within a year Janine had her private pilot’s licence. Despite remaining a partial paraplegic and with many physical challenges still ahead, she battled on to gain her commercial pilots licence, her Instrument rating, her twin engine rating, and her Instructor’s rating. She then went on to become a fully qualified aerobatics instructor.

Janine’s story of defying the odds and winning is both moving and inspiring. The title of her bestselling book, 'Never Tell Me Never,' says it all. Janine has since written three more books, 'Dare to Fly', which was prompted by overwhelming public reaction to her first book, 'Reaching for Stars', which was released in November 1998 and her new release ‘Gift of Acceptance’, a collection of her wisdom, insight and advice.

Today, Janine Shepherd is much in demand as one of Australia’s most sought after motivational speakers. She travels extensively in Australia and overseas sharing her story with others.

Janine has featured on 60 Minutes, This is Your Life and ABC’s Talking Heads. Her life story has been made into a movie shown worldwide, she has been named one of “Ten Outstanding Young People of the World” by Junior Chamber International, and in 2001 Janine was named in the Australia Day honours list when she was appointed as a Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia.

Countless Australians have been captivated by the inspiring story of this remarkable young woman and her story of incredible courage and strength. It is a testament to the power of the human spirit and one that will move and inspire all who hear it.

Speaking Topics Include

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