Travels from: United States
Inspirational story of success overcoming adversity
Categories: Motivational Speakers
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Janine Shepherd’s story is one of determination and strength which delivers an inspirational and moving presentation. Her fighting spirit allowed her to overcome a career-shattering injury and achieve greatness.
A champion cross country skier, Janine was training hard for the upcoming winter Olympics and in one moment her hopes and dreams were shattered. Whilst out for a training bike ride, a truck ran over Janine and caused multiple serious and life threatening injuries. She sustained a broken back and neck, broken right arm and collarbone, five fractured ribs, a large laceration in her right leg, head injuries, cuts to her abdomen and had lost five litres of blood.
Doctors informed her parents that they didn’t believe she would survive and even if she recovered she would never walk again. Having to deal with the idea of giving up her Olympic dream, Janine focussed on recovering her broken body and restoring her mental strength.
After watching small planes fly above and into the sky, Shepherd made the decision to fly if she couldn’t walk. Whilst still encased in a full body cast, she was hauled into an aircraft to experience flying. That moment would change her life forever.
Within one year Janine had her private pilot’s licence even though she remained a paraplegic. Shepherd has also gained her commercial pilot’s licence, instrument rating, twin-engine rating and instructors rating, as well as becoming a fully-qualified aerobics instructor.
Janine uses timing, charm, wit and humour to engage with her audience on a personal level to ensure that her message of courage and determination stay with the crowd long after the presentation is over. Her miraculous recovery and achievements afterwards are testament to the power of the human mind and body and prove that nothing is impossible. Janine teaches her audience to set a goal high and achieve it through hard work