Travels from: Victoria
A professional speaker passionate about making audiences see clearer
Categories: Inspirational, Motivational Speakers
Full Presenter Profile & Bio
Losing his sight overnight at the age of 16, Ben Pettingill has not allowed any obstacle to stop him achieving.
Waking up to discover he lost 98% of his vision, Ben was diagnosed with the rare genetic syndrome Lebers Hereditary Optic Neuropathy. Not wanting to believe that this would be his life, Ben wanted to desperately wake up again and be able to see. However, he soon realised this would not happen, as the syndrome is uncurable, making him blind for life.
The initial shock and grief soon forced Ben to make a choice, one that would define the rest of his life. Accepting the diagnosis, Ben learnt that blind people can see. Using vision powered by mindset as opposed to eyesight, he activated his True Vision and Limitless Vision mindsets. Ben developed resilience in the face of adversity, and will be the first to tell you he would not change a thing.
Since losing his sight, Ben has gone on to water-ski using an earpiece for direction, coached basketball teams, trekked Kokoda and driven a car. He is the only legally blind person to have competed in a Spartan obstacle course race, untethered, and water-skied the Southern 80, the fastest water-skiing race in the world.
An incredible motivational speaker, Ben changes peoples lives for the better through sharing his story, learnings, and new perspective on life. His ability to capture the attention of his audience makes him an excellent speaker.
Ben has an amazing story to tell and really inspires you to rethink your approach on life and what you can achieve. I would highly recommend Ben to others.
Thank you Ben for capturing the hearts and minds. Your presentation was highly engaging and it inspired and challenged us to live without limits both personally and professionally.
Thank you for motivating and inspiring our students. Your relatable manner engages the listeners who can identify with your experiences. Thank you so much!
Plenty Valley Christian College
Ben's presentation was both engaging and thought provoking, delivered with humour, style and substance. To anyone seeking an inspiring and motivational speaker, I have no hesitation in recommending Ben.
City of Whittlesea