Em Carey

Em Carey was an ordinary girl trying to experience life to her fullest when she became part of a horrific freak accident which left her completely paralysed from the waist down. Her inspiring story not only demonstrates overcoming adversity, but shows a journey of being thankful and valuing the life you have, not being intimidated or ashamed of your body and who you are, accepting every person for who they are and showing you how to fight for your dreams. 

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Jeanine Treharne2019
Michael Crossland

Michael Crossland is an extraordinary young man who has defied the odds of a life threatening cancer to build a life of exceptional achievements. An accomplished businessman and an elite sportsman, his life is a remarkable success.

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Phil Houghton2019
Derek Rabelo

Born with glaucoma, Derek grew up in Brazil's coastal city of Guarapari with a surf-mad father and two uncles who were professional surfers. His blindness, he said, was never considered a barrier to the ocean. But it wasn't until a present of a surfboard from his father on his 17th birthday that Derek tried riding his first waves. Just five years later, he became a professional surfer travelling the world's most famous surf breaks, often with his coach Magno Passos. Today, Derek inspires young people to push through their adversities to reach their dreams. 

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Phil Houghton2019
Campbell Remess

Campbell was 9 years old when he asked to gift children in hospital with Christmas gifts, in his home town of Hobart, Tasmania,

When told it would cost too much, he borrowed his mother’s sewing machine and started to make toy teddy bears to give to the children. Now in his 5th year, Campbell has made thousands of gifts he sends to hospitals and people in need world -wide

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Phil Houghton2019
Julius Achon with Eloise Wellings

Julius Achon was abducted by the Ugandan Rebel Army as an 11 year old boy. He managed to escape from his captors, and ran over 300km to reach his home. Julius soon realised that he was born with a natural ability as a runner. It was this talent that led him to compete in two Olympic Games for Uganda.

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Phil Houghton2019
Glen Gerreyn

Glen Gerreyn will help change your life.

At age 17 Glen, a champion athlete, was struck by an illness that quickly ended his Olympic dreams and sporting career. He triumphed over every challenge, and shifted his focus to community development. His efforts were soon recognised nationally as Young Australian of the Year for Queensland, Community Service.

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Eloise Wellings

Olympic athlete Eloise Wellings is passionate about athletics and helping those in poverty.

After realising at the age of 15 that she wanted to make running her career, she committed to training and qualified for the Sydney Olympics at the age of 16 in the 5000m track event. Unfortunately soon after qualifying, Eloise suffered a stress fracture, which continued to plague her career for the following decade. She suffered 13 stress fractures in 11 years, and missed out on three Olympic campaigns due to injury despite being selected for the team, and measured for her uniform.

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Terrence Mullings as MC 2019

Terrence is an engaging and infectious TV and Radio personality with a unique ability to connect with his audience. He works as a Radio Announcer on SEA FM (Gosford)/HOPE 103.2FM and is a freelance writer for Smooth FM is a regular guest on Channel 7’s “The Morning Show”, as well as a TV presenter on Positive Hits TV/Radio .

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Stand Tall Ambassador Joany Badenhorst

Joany Badenhorst is an Australian Paralympian who was selected to compete in Para-snowboard cross at the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi. She would have been the first female snowboarder to represent Australia at the Winter Paralympics, but was forced to withdraw from her event after suffering an injury to her left knee whilst training on the morning of the event.

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2018 speaker Tony Hoang

The remarkable story of Tony Hoang is the subject of a powerful and confronting 2012 SBS documentary “Once Upon a Time in Cabramatta”.

The young Tony, son of Vietnamese refugees, grew up in poverty in the then drug capital of Australia, Cabramatta. Like many refugees from the Vietnam War, Tony’s parents’ hopes of a safe new home for their families were crushed by the heroin culture that overtook the lives of their children.

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2018 speaker Sami Kennedy-Sim

Sami made the switch from Alpine Skiing to Ski Cross in 2008 – progressing through the international events until 2011 when she made her first top-ten in a World Cup and in the same year married Australian Cross Country skiing athlete and 2010 Olympian - Ben Sim.

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