'Janine is a change agent. She has an extraordinary ability to ignite people's spirits and move them to find the real potential of their lives; her story inspires people around the world.' - Deepak Chopra.
Janine Shepherd overcame massive obstacles and horrific injury to become a bestselling author, sought-after motivational speaker and inspiration to hundreds of thousands of people around the world.
She was once an elite athlete, an Olympian in training whose dreams of sporting glory were dashed when she was horrifically injured in an accident and told she would never walk again. She refused to believe her doctors and the story of her amazing recovery and indomitable spirit were told in three bestselling books, a movie of her life and numerous television appearances and shows. Janine also became an inspiring motivational speaker and travelled all over Australia telling her story and instilling the Never Say Never spirit in all who listened to her. Over many years, Janine has found she has been as inspired by the many people she's met in the course of her travels as they in turn have been motivated and moved by her and her story. Janine has come to realise that her life and everything she has learned from its challenges can be distilled in one simple phrase and defined by one outstanding quality: that of Acceptance. She believes that is truly the greatest gift of all, and one that we all need to nurture in ourselves in order to move on from tragedy and trauma and become the people we are meant to be. The Gift of Acceptance is a collection of her wisdom, insight and advice; a distillation of 25 years of struggle and learning on her part.
The Gift of Acceptance is really one for us all - to take and to pass on to others.
Janine Shepherd's story reads like the plot of a Hollywood movie. A champion cross country skier in training for the winter Olympics, her life was irrevocably altered when she was run over by a truck during a training bicycle ride to the Blue Mountains. Doctors warned her parents that she was not expected to survive her ordeal. Even if by some small chance she recovered, she would never walk again. Janine's story of defying the odds and winning is both moving and inspiring. The title of her bestselling book, Never Tell Me Never, says it all. Janine has also authored two more books, Dare to Fly and Reaching for Stars, and is much in demand as one of Australia's most sought after motivational speakers.