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Sam Bailey inspires region's youth with story of hope and determination

Celebrity speaker Sam Bailey inspired hundreds of school students with his spirit, courage and determination when the Southern Downs welcomed him to the region today.

Proudly supported by Southern Downs Regional Council, Sam paid a visit to the region for Disability Action Week and to coincide with national R U OK Day, to share his inspirational story with more than 600 students from year’s nine to 12 in Warwick and Stanthorpe.

SDRC’s Youth Council worked closely with its member schools to bring Sam to the region. 

A farmer, pilot and best-selling author, Sam became a C6/C7 quadriplegic at 19, following a car accident while working as a jackeroo in the Northern Territory.

Southern Downs Mayor, Tracy Dobie said she was thrilled to welcome Sam to the Southern Downs after first hearing his story at the Barastoc Polocrosse event held in Warwick in May.

“Sam’s story is about resilience and the power of the human spirit in the face of extremely trying times,” Cr Dobie said.

“He has conquered some profound challenges and his motivation for life and resilience to adversity is nothing short of awe-inspiring.

“I am so delighted Council was able to bring Sam to the Southern Downs to share his story with our region’s youth.

“Sam inspires children to follow their dreams no matter what hurdles they come across along the way. His is a story they will remember and we extend our sincerest thanks to Sam for inspiring our community.” 

Paralysed from the chest down, Sam only has limited use of his arms and hands and can’t regulate his body temperature. He has lost bowel and bladder control and part of his lung capacity.

He has overcome all those challenges to become a farmer, ultralight pilot, public speaker and best-selling author of the book Head Over Heels, which he co-wrote with his wife, former ABC Rural Reporter, Jenny Black.

His story has touched thousands of Australians of all ages and walks of life. His next goal is to become the first quadriplegic in the world to fly a helicopter.

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