Adversity Speakers

Ben Pettingill

Imagine waking up blind. One moment you can see, and in the next moment, your vision is made up only of childhood memories. At the tender age of 16, this became a reality for Ben Pettingill when overnight he lost 98% of his eyesight to a rare genetic syndrome, Lebers Hereditary Optic Neuropathy. While the shock, then grief of losing one's eyesight cannot be discounted, once Ben processed his new reality he realised that he had to make a choice that would define the rest of his life. Ben believed that a blind man could see, and his miracle was the activation of ‘True Vision' and 'Limitless Vision'. Vision enabled through purpose, perception and empowered decision making.

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Benjamin Roberts-Smith

Benjamin Roberts-Smith was on his second operational tour of Afghanistan when he was awarded the Medal for Gallantry for his actions as a patrol scout and sniper during Operation Slipper. He was on his fifth tour of Afghanistan, when on 11 June 2010 he was involved in his Victoria Cross action. During an operation to hunt for a senior Taliban commander, in the Kandahar province, Roberts-Smith too ...

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Bonita Norris

"Never, ever stop believing in yourself. You never know where you might end up". Bonita Norris is the youngest British woman to climb Mount Everest at just 22 years of age. Remarkably Bonita had never climbed before this challenge! She had to raise her own sponsorship, learn how to climb and entered the record books all within the space of two years. "I couldn't sleep one night and the idea hit me ...

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Carrie Bickmore

Carrie Bickmore is the laughing man's newsreader, unafraid to laugh at herself or the weirdness that can often be headline news. Currently a presenter on Network Ten's The Project (formerly The 7PM Project), Carrie was for many years the voice behind the weekday news on Melbourne's Nova 100, nominated for Best News Presenter at the Australian Commercial Radio Awards, and winning the award, with R ...

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Cas and Jonesy

Cas and Jonesy are two Aussie Explorers constantly pushing the boundaries of human endurance. Most recently, they made history by completing the longest unsupported polar expedition of all time. In 100 years of polar exploration no-one had EVER walked from the edge of Antarctica to the South Pole and back without assistance. Many had tried, none had succeeded. After 89 gruelling days they made i ...

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Chad Hymas

If there is one thing that is constant in our personal and professional lives, it is CHANGE! In an era of unprecedented change and constant challenges, Chad Hymas is in high demand as an inspirational speaker. Traveling to businesses and organizations worldwide, Chad speaks as many as 150 times a year sharing his message of achieving the unachievable, reaching the unreachable, and soaring higher t ...

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Chris Gardner

Chris Gardner is an Entrepreneur, Author, Philanthropist, and single parent whose work has been recognized by many esteemed organization. Gardner is the author of the autobiography, The Pursuit of Happyness, a New York Times and Washington Post #1 bestseller that has been translated into over forty languages. Gardner is also the inspiration for the acclaimed movie “The Pursuit of Happynessâ ...

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Commando Steve Willis

Commando Steve is a highly qualified and inspirational fitness coach and athlete, who served within the Australian Special Forces, where he was a counter-terrorism team commander. He has been one of the elite team of trainers on The Biggest Loser since series two. When he is not filming he is coaching CrossFit, a training system in which he specialises. Steve trains and lives in Kogarah with his w ...

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Corporal Mark Donaldson

Corporal Donaldson enlisted into the Australian Army and entered recruit training at the Army Recruit Training Centre, Kapooka, NSW. He demonstrated an early aptitude for soldiering and was awarded the prizes for best shot and best at physical training in his platoon. Subsequently he was allocated to the Royal Australian Infantry Corps and posted to the school of infantry at Singleton, NSW, where ...

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Craig Hamilton

Instead of covering the Sydney Olympics Craig was confined to a padded cell in a mental institution and later diagnosed as suffering bipolar disorder. This catastrophe not only denied Craig his place at the Games, it almost ruined his career and turned his role as devoted husband and father into a living hell. From his initial shocking breakdown to his gradual and eventual recovery, Craig sifts ...

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