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John MacLean  

Founder of the John Maclean Foundation and Inspirational Corporate Speaker

During fitness training near his hometown in June 1988, John Maclean was hit by an 8 tonne truck as he rode his bike. The impact resulted in John suffering multiple breaks to his pelvis and back, a fractured sternum, punctured lungs, a broken arm, and left John a paraplegic. It took astonishing courage and determination, but somehow this near-fatal accident was the making of him.

Despite the grief of what he had lost, the excruciating physical pain and the challenges of daily life in a wheelchair, John decided he would become bigger and stronger than ever. He set about proving himself in the toughest sporting events the world had to offer.

In 1995 John made history by becoming the first wheelchair athlete to finish the course at world's toughest multi-discipline sporting event - the Hawaii Ironman Triathlon, drawing on all his inner strength to continue to the finish line after falling outside the able-bodied cut-off times in the bike section. The following year John narrowly missed the cut off time again, this time due to a flat tyre but proceeded to once again complete the entire course.

In 1997 he not only finished within the able-bodied cut-off times, he beat a third of the field and became the first ever wheelchair category winner. In 2002 John became the first non-American inducted into the Hawaiian Ironman Triathlon Hall of Fame.

His story and message is about looking inside yourself, digging deep and never giving up, especially on yourself.

In business and in life, we all face obstacles and crossroads. While John's own story is an extreme account of setbacks and facing up to them, John's message is not about those obstacles, or how they got there, but about finding the inner strength to manage, even flourish, through what can seem insurmountable. Corporations across the globe find John's wisdom and inspiration invaluable in achieving focus and delivering potential.

John's presentation is as inspiring as it is sobering and leaves an impact on many levels. John has managed to turn adversity in the extreme into greatness under the most dire circumstances, John's story can make significant impact to your workforce or personal life.

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John tailors his remarks;

Transformation - Choice, change and adaptability

Self Belief - See it, believe it, achieve it

Persistance - Never give up

Leadership - Building a team

Engagement - Prioritisation

Balance - Self, family, business, community

Teamwork - Connecting for a common goal

Inspiration - The pain won't last forever, but the memories will

Community - Giving back

Humility - Remember where you're are from

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