A true story of hope, courage and a magpie called Penguin
Drawing on her lived experience of a dream life shattered in an instant by a freak accident, Sam speaks to what it means to become truly resilient - to be able to face your deepest fears and greatest challenges, and to emerge on the other side undefeated.
What is resilience? And how can we cultivate it when life doesn’t go to plan?
Sam answers these questions and more in her visually immersive and deeply personal presentations, sharing her lived experience of a dream life turned to a nightmare in an instant.
Leading us through the extraordinary highs and painful lows of life before, during and after the accident that almost claimed her life, Sam shares her gritty journey back from deep physical suffering and depression to become a bestselling author, 2 x World Para Surfing champion and inspiration behind the international hit movie Penguin Bloom.
Sam’s true story holds powerful messages and perspective for us all as we navigate our own personal and professional challenges in a rapidly changing world.
Who is this for?
A highly sought-after global keynote speaker, Samantha Bloom is a two-time World Para Surfing champion, bestselling author and inspiration behind the #1 Australian box-office and international global Netflix hit movie Penguin Bloom starring Naomi Watts as Sam.
The movie is adapted from the international bestselling book, Penguin Bloom: The Odd Little Bird Who Saved a Family. Published in 13 languages, Penguin Bloom is a collaboration between Sam’s husband Cameron, a professional photographer, and New York Times bestselling author Bradley Trevor Greive. The book won the 2017 Illustrated Book of the Year in Australia. A second book, Sam Bloom: Heartache & Birdsong, picks up the story where Penguin Bloom ended, and shares Sam’s personal perspective on facing and overcoming adversity.
Paralyzed in an accident in Thailand in 2013, Sam has since won two Oceania KL1 paracanoe championships, and is the Australian and two times World Para surfing champion. Sam works with numerous spinal cord injury charities around the world and is a global ambassador for Wings For Life. She is an adventure traveler, neurology nurse and mother of three boys.