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A truly inspirational Australian.


Sam Bailey is a farmer, pilot, husband and best-selling author. He has achieved all of those from a wheelchair….and has an incredible ability to take an audience on the journey of his life.

Current work

Today they live and work together on their beef cattle property in North West NSW, in between travelling the country telling their story and giving inspiration to others.

They are also working towards their next big goal - Sam becoming the first quadriplegic in the world to fly a helicopter and flying into schools to inspire children to fulfill their own dreams and goals.

The project, called Helifirst, will be launched during 2018.

Previous experience

Story: From a childhood growing up in the Australian bush to a car accident in the outback that turned his life upside down and its aftermath, Sam tells his story in his own down-to-earth laconic style that captures the great Australian spirit of ‘having a go’.

Farmer: He relates how he beat the odds to fulfill his life-long dream to be a farmer, learning to ride a four wheel bike; devising a hoist to get into farm machinery and ultimately learning to fly an ultralight.

Personal: Sam then found his soul mate in former Tamworth-based ABC radio Rural Reporter, Jenny Black - who he proposed to “live” on regional radio. The real-life proposal jammed the phone lines and the fax ran out of paper.

Book: Their story appeared on ABC TV’s “Australian Story” in 2000 with an overwhelming response and was published in April 2006 in their book ‘Head Over Heels’.



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You were truly inspirational and loved by all who heard you. Such courage to rise above your hardships and to portray to those assembled how challenges can be overcome with perseverance and tolerance… For me having been in the ambulance service for over 40 years and witnessing similar incidents to yours I wonder how many have taken the path you have followed. Thank you for your inspiration and the courage you have shared with us all. Rotary District 9650
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