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.
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, former neurology nurse and mother of three boys.
Heartache & Birdsong
What is resilience? And how can we cultivate it when things don't go to plan? Sam answers these questions and more in her visually immersive and deeply personal presentations, sharing her 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 a near-fatal accident in 2013, Sam shares how family, love and a unique connection with the natural world supported her 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 new perspectives for us all as we navigate our own personal and professional challenges, inspiring us to be the best version of ourselves, and to live and be grateful for each day as we never know what tomorrow holds.