On this Episode of Unbound Conversations
Billy’s “never give up” mentality led him to join the army as a young officer, eventually rising to the rank of captain. On New Year’s Eve in 2014, while bodyboarding on Australia's Sunshine Coast, Billy hit a sandbar causing immediate spinal cord damage that left him paralysed from the neck down.
Be inspired by Billy’s incredible journey from diagnosed quadriplegia to a level of functionality rarely seen. You’ll hear how he managed to run a 10k and skydive again shortly after a near-fatal accident.
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About the Guest
Billy Hedderman is a former Irish and Australian Army officer who now specialises in crisis management and business resilience. Hedderman served for 13 years in the Irish Army, including 3 years as a platoon commander within the elite Army Ranger Wing special operations force. He and his wife immigrated to Australia in October 2014 in a "lateral transfer" process where he became a captain in the Australian Infantry. On New Year's Eve 2014 Hedderman suffered a surfing accident in which he broke his neck, back and suffered immediate spinal cord damage, which paralysed him from the neck down. He documented his road to recovering from paralysis in the book Unbowed: A Soldier's Journey Back from Paralysis. He lives in Brisbane with his family.
- Redefining personal limits for a remarkable recovery
- Recounting a near-death experience
- Mindset shifts required to become the best of the best
- How taking control of your destiny can lead to growth and resilience
- Understanding leadership as an act of influence
- Experiences from serving in the Irish Army including overseas deployments to Bosnia and Africa