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Overcoming Adversity / Resilience Speakers

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Whether we like it or not adversity is part of life. Overcoming adversity is one of the big challenges we have in life. Speakers who have overcome adversity defy the odds, succeed in the face of adversity, survive tragedy and display strength and resilience when challenged. An overcoming adversity speaker will inspire an audience through their story of success and achievement following tragedy, injury, hardship or physical challenge. A speaker who has overcome adversity will inspire you to persist and succeed, face any challenge and overcome any obstacle that lies ahead to achieve a goal and success. Many speakers are ordinary people with a ‘rags to riches’ story or achieved the pinnacle of success in the sporting arena after setback or achieved record breaking physical and psychological challenges. Every challenge and every difficulty we successfully confront in life serves to strengthen our will, confidence and ability to conquer future obstacles. The speakers below will inspire and show you exactly what can be achieved when faced with adversity.

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Christina Matthews

Christina Matthews

CEO of the WACA - A leader on and off the ground
Chloe McCardel

Chloe McCardel

.... Greatest endurance athlete on the planet Chloe is an inspirational World Record Australian marathon swimmer
Jason McCartney

Jason McCartney OAM

.... The Jason McCartney Story – The determination to never give up
George McEncroe

George McEncroe

.... Award winning comedian, radio host and Shebah startup entrepreneur
Matt McFadyen

Matt McFadyen

...journey to the End of the Earth
Glenn McGrath

Glenn McGrath AM

.... Australian cricket legend
Susan McLean

Susan McLean

....Australia’s foremost expert in the area of cyber safety and young people
Peter McLean

Peter McLean

.... expert in personal and organisational leadership, communication, productivity and performance
Derrick McManus

Derrick McManus

....Durability of Human Performance - exceptional story of overcoming the odds
Tony McManus

Tony McManus

.... A passion focused on the Mental Health solution of Social Connection
Anna Meares

Anna Meares OAM

....Track cyclists champion - Olympic, World and Commonwealth medalist
Speakers and Entertainers : Tristan Miller

Tristan Miller

....52 international marathons in 52 weeks
Anthony Minichiello

Anthony Minichiello

.... shares insights on leadership, teamwork, health and fitness and overcoming adversity
Matthew Mitcham

Matthew Mitcham OAM

.... Australian Olympic Gold diving sensation
Glenn Mitchell

Glenn Mitchell

.... Brilliant corporate host and Lifeline ambassador
Mariam Mohhammed

Mariam Mohammed

.... inspirational diversity and inclusion advocate - Co founder of MoneyGirl
Speakers and Entertainers : Jim Molan

Jim Molan

....40 years service, Australian Army
Anika Molesworth

Dr Anika Molesworth

.... Advocating for a better world: Intergenerational equity and climate change
Speakers and Entertainers : Ann-Maree Moodie

Ann-Maree Moodie

....specialist in boardroom dynamics
Michael Morrison

Michael Morrison

.... a great thinker and business storyteller
Tony Mowbray

Tony Mowbray

.... one of the best inspirational and motivational speakers
Dr James Muecke

Dr James Muecke AM

.... 2020 Australian of the Year "Harnessing your passion to change the world"
Kate Munari

Kate Munari

.... only female Australian Navy pilot to see active service in Afghanistan
Brett Murray

Brett Murray

....expert in Cultural Change and Developing Corporate workplace culture
Tom Nash

Tom Nash

... no excuse for mediocrity no apology for adversity
Martina Navratilova

Martina Navratilova

....world champion tennis player
Belinda Neil

Belinda Neil

.... ‘Under Siege’ - Outlines Belinda’s policing experiences and the ‘lived experience’ with PTSD
Kemi Nekvapil

Kemi Nekvapil

.... Charismatic, engaging, dynamic and wholehearted, Kemi is a captivating orator
Brad Ness

Brad Ness

.... Inspirational Australian - 5 time Paralympian and Australian wheelchair basketball captain
Alan Newey

Alan Newey

....inspiring reminder of the importance of workplace safety
Pauline Nguyen

Pauline Nguyen

.... co owner The Red Lantern, inspirational businesswomen and entrepreneur 
Lorin Nicholson

Lorin Nicholson

.... an incredible inspiration Lorin shows strength, resilience and determination with a dose of humour
Karl O

Karl O'Callaghan

.... Former WA Police Commissioner instrumental in reform and cultural change
Dr Ann O

Dr Ann O'Neill AO

.... turned surviving into thriving through hope
Julian Pace

Julian Pace

.... Authentic, raw, perspective altering & life changing
David Parkin

David Parkin OAM

....inspiring, engaging and motivational
Nando Parrado

Nando Parrado

...one of the paramount survival stories of all time
Speakers and Entertainers : Chris Parry

Chris Parry

....one of the UK’s top strategic thinkers and forecasters
Jacqueline Pascarl

Jacqueline Pascarl

....Inspirational and uplifting journey of an extraordinary person
Angie Paskevicious

Angie Paskevicius

.... 2015 Telstra WA Business Woman of the Year Award
Noel Pearson

Noel Pearson

.... Inspirational leader driving new directions in public policy on indigenous issues
Rex Pemberton

Rex Pemberton

.... a leader in the science of Peak Performance
Caroline Pemberton

Caroline Pemberton – ‘Miss Adventure’

.... 'Miss Adventure' Positive messages to inspire all audiences
Nova Peris OAM

Nova Peris OAM

....first Aboriginal Australian to win a gold medal at the Olympic Games
Kieren Perkins

Kieren Perkins OAM

.... an Australian icon, brings his courageous spirit to the corporate world
John Peters

John Peters

....Gulf War POW - dealing with uncertainty
Sue Pieters-Hawke

Sue Pieters-Hawke

.... passionate about issues of positive ageing, dementia reform, living well
Turia Pitt

Turia Pitt

....an exceptional example of the strength of the human spirit
Steve Plain

Steve Plain

.... ordinary people can achieve extraordinary things!
Shannan Ponton

Shannan Ponton

....motivational fitness and well being speaker
Chelsea Pottenger

Chelsea Pottenger

.... Chelsea is an ambassador for R U OK. She will empower, motivate, lead and inspire
Kerri Pottharst

Kerri Pottharst OAM

.... sharing valuable insights of communication, goal setting, skill set and achieving excellence. Kerri even guides attendees through a glass walk
Speakers and Entertainers : Tobie Puttock

Tobie Puttock

....International award winning chef
Rob Redenbach

Rob Redenbach

.... 'Leadership without rank' - Streetwise Leader, Master Storyteller
Speakers and Entertainers : Shawn Redhage

Shawn Redhage

....motivational Perth Wildcats Captain
Speakers and Entertainers: Steve Renouf

Steve Renouf

....one of the best centres in the history of Rugby League
Rachael Robertson

Rachael Robertson

....successfully led the 58th Australian National Antarctic Research Expedition to Davis Station
Chelsea Roffey

Chelsea Roffey

.... examining the barriers and opportunities of diversity
Mike Rolls

Mike Rolls

.... Resilience expert who shares his message in his keynote "Amputate Dead Weight"
Paul Roos

Paul Roos

.... one of Australia's leading motivational keynote presenters
Teisha Rose

Teisha Rose

A Life Interrupted – An inspirational story of resilience
Sarah Rowan

Sarah Rowan

.... exceptional speed painting performer / overcoming depression and mental illness
Em Rusciano

Em Rusciano

.... most well-rounded and talented Australian performer
Todd Russell

Todd Russell

....2006 Beaconsfield mine collapse survivor
Speakers and Entertainers : Brett Rutledge

Brett Rutledge

....dynamic versatility effective in both the business speaking and entertainment roles
Kamal Sarma

Kamal Sarma

.... co-founder of the Institute for Mental Resilience
Cameron Schwab

Cameron Schwab

....crisis management and strategic leadership professional
David Schwarz

David Schwarz

....The Ox. David is a popular SEN radio host and keynote speaker
Wayne Schwass

Wayne Schwass

....passion and commitment to highlighting mental health in Australia
Ray Scicluna

Ray Scicluna

....Helps businesses and people achieve their goals
Kevin Sheedy

Kevin Sheedy AO

.... exceptional coach and speaker - A true AFL legend
Speakers and Entertainers : Michael Sherlock

Michael Sherlock

....transformed leading Australian bakery franchise Brumby’s
Rabia Siddique

Rabia Siddique

.... History making humanitarian, author and international keynote speaker
Marlee Silva

Marlee Silva

.... inspirational young indigenous woman and author of 'My Tidda, My Sister'
Speakers and Entertainers : Michael Slater

Michael Slater

...great Australian batsman and Channel 9 Cricket Commentator
Sadhana Smiles

Sadhana Smiles

....thought leader, business growth
David Smorgon

David Smorgon OAM

.... outstanding business success story and exceptional leader
Allan Sparkes

Allan Sparkes CV VA

.... Australia's highest bravery decoration, the Cross of Valour
Mark "Squiz" Squirrell

Mark "Squiz" Squirrell OAM

....from green beret to international aid worker
Aimee Stanton

Aimee Stanton "The Lady Tradie"

.... inspiring young people to achieve their dream - The Lady Tradie'
Jason Stevens

Jason Stevens

.... League legend! The power of a dream, Facing and overcoming fears
Greg Sullivan

Greg (Sully) Sullivan

....award-winning stand-up comedian, writer and broadcaster
Speakers and Entertainers : Heather Swan

Heather Swan

....dual world record holding BASEjumper and wingsuit pilot, a mountaineer
Speakers and Entertainers : Khoo Swee Choiw

Khoo Swee Choiw

....called Singapore's very first professional adventurer
Magda Szubanski

Magda Szubanski AO

....one of Australia’s most versatile, critically acclaimed and popular comedy performers
Grace Tame

Grace Tame

.... 2021 Australian of The Year - a survivor and outspoken advocate for survivors of sexual assault
Shelley Taylor-Smith

Shelley Taylor-Smith

....creating champion mindsets in all of us
David Thomas

David Thomas

....authority on international business opportunities
Andrew Thomas

Andrew Thomas

....aerospace engineer and a NASA astronaut
Damien Thomlinson

Damien Thomlinson

....an inspiring war veteran turned paralympian who's triumph against adversity proves no challenge is too great
Mark

Mark 'Bomber' Thompson

.... 'Bomber: The Whole Story’ - Bomber's journey, the highs and the lows
Josie Thomson

Josie Thomson

....empowering resilience speaker
Peter Thurin

Peter Thurin

...dynamic, humorous and professional
Speakers and Entertainers : Suzanne Tindal

Suzanne Tindal

....public face of Bankwest
Glenn Todhunter

Glenn Todhunter

....an inspirational story powerfully presenter
Libby Trickett

Libby Trickett OAM

... 'Beneath the surface' - sharing her mental health challenges following her swimming career
Ben Tune

Ben Tune

.... remarkable Australian rugby player
Theo Venter

Theo Venter

....survived a 22,000 volt electrical accident
Beau Vernon

Beau Vernon

.... Beau is a true inspiration in the face of adversity
Adam Voigt

Adam Voigt

....Behaviour and Wellbeing approaches through great Learning Culture
Michael Voss

Michael Voss

.... create sustainable success and develop a leadership mindset
Mark Wales

Mark Wales

.... former SAS Troop Commander
Peter Walsh

Peter Walsh OAM

.... Popular sporting host and men's health speaker
Jessica Watson

Jessica Watson OAM

....youngest person to sail solo, non-stop and unassisted around the world
Shane Watson

Shane Watson

....Australian professional cricketer
Shane Webcke

Shane Webcke

.... Author of Warhorse, speaker on workplace safety
Madeleine West

Madeleine West

.... Follow your dreams no matter what
Speakers and Entertainers : Sorrel Wilby

Sorrel Wilby

....acclaimed adventurer, filmmaker, author, photographer and artist
Aaron Williams

Aaron Williams

.... Being the best you. The “Why”, “How” and “What” of mental health
Annabelle Williams

Annabelle Williams OAM

.... Sharing such positivity - Resilience and Overcoming Adversity
Jim Wilson

Jim Wilson

.... self confessed sports nut, Seven host and journalist
Leigh Woodgate

Leigh Woodgate

.... Leigh Woodgate’s 7 Steps to Overcoming Anything
Gus Worland

Gus Worland

.... Getting to the bottom of the suicide crisis
John Worsfold

John Worsfold

....brilliant West Coast Eagles coach player and inspirational motivator
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Louise Yaxley

....be moved, inspired and challenged
Jasmine Young

Jasmine "Jazz" Young

.... the first Australian female to ever be deployed to combat on fast jet operations
Bella Zanesco

Bella Zanesco

.... Bella reveals the secrets that took her from burn out to becoming world champion
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