Sam Cawthorn is the Tasmanian 2009 Young Australian of the Year; he died, was resuscitated and then put Prime Minister Kevin Rudd into therapy.
Sam is an innovator and an opportunist and is a very funny speaker. He grew up as a country farm boy in a family of 11 children. He is also a trained musician and dance teacher and has worked as an industry advisor and futurist for young people.
Sam Cawthorn's personal life journey changed dramatically in October 2006 when he was involved in a major car accident and died. Thankfully he was resuscitated, leaving him with his right arm amputated and lives with a permanent disability in his right leg. Sam was hospitalised for over five months and confined to a wheelchair for close to a year. It is the story of Sam's remarkable resilience, his mental strength as well as his physical recovery that has amazed and inspired so many Australians and people around the world.
Through overcoming such a tragedy, Sam Cawthorn is now a highly sought-after speaker and has spoken to over 50,000 people throughout Australia and overseas. He has been nominated for many awards and more recently won the 2009 Young Australian of the Year for Tasmania.
Sam Cawthorn's message to others is simple. He challenges people to be themselves, believe in themselves, find purpose and focus, nurture their creativity, develop resilient and protective behaviours, conquer obstacles such as fear, and set and attain personal goals. In every way imaginable Sam is a living embodiment of the messages he delivers.
Client Comments for Sam Cawthorn
Sam Cawthorn travels from New South Wales Australia
- Sam is a vibrant and talented individual. His story and perspective on life and career could inspire any group or individual. At the conclusion of his session, one of our delegates stood up and interrupted our MC to thank him directly, stating to the crowd that he had been the best speaker at any conference they have ever had!
Event Travel Management
- Sam's session on the last day of our conference was magical. He fully engaged the crowd with his story, his messages, his wit, heart and his passion. I had a number of attendees that had listened to Sam who that afternoon made some very big changes to their lives. I had another attendee that had his notes from the session still in his pocket that night to remind him of what Sam had said (and he did change for dinner). His impact was widespread and deep. His messages around 'bouncing forward, 'the decision, not the condition' and 'holding hands in traffic' will be remembered. Sam was truly inspirational and is one of those people that you know is very special and very unique. Thank you for the magic Sam!
- 96% of participants gave Bounce into Inclusion the highest rating of "Very informative". Participant comments included: "wonderful and inspirational. Lifted my spirits - truly inspirational"; "entertaining, engaging and informative - what a breath of fresh air!"; "loved Sam! Who wouldn't?"; "the most admirable and inspirational talker I have heard in years."
Sam's enthusiasm, dynamic and jovial approach revived the delegates after a long day of presenters and many of them commented on what an inspiring and entertaining speaker he was for the event. I really appreciated how he adapted his presentation to ensure the audience's needs were met and took the time to interact with the delegates. I truly believe the day would not have been as successful without Sam as a speaker.
Wodonga Institute of TAFE
"First class service."
Gungahlin Bulls Junior Rugby League Club
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