Karni Liddell’s journey to become one of Australia’s most successful Paralympians began a lot differently than most elite athletes. She was born with a neuro-muscular wasting disease and her parents were told that their first-born child wouldn’t walk, crawl or live past her teenage years.
Liddell broke her first World Record at the age of 14 and she went on to win Paralympic medals at every Paralympics she competed at and she regards being captain of the Number 1 team at the Sydney 2000 Games her greatest achievement.
Liddell has raised more than $1 million throughout her career for the various disability charities she supports.
Liddell is the National Disability Insurance Scheme QLD Ambassador, she sits on the United Nations Women’s board, she is a member of Dame Quentin Bryce’s Domestic and Family Violence Council, she is a radio broadcaster, a social commentator on Channel Nine’s Chat Room and has just been appointed the Patron of the International Day of People with a Disability.
Liddell was awarded the Pride of Australia medal, she won the Qld Teacher and Trainer of the year (2015) and she was just awarded the Alumni of the Year award for the faculty of health at the Queensland University of Technology.
Liddell is an internationally acclaimed and sought after keynote speaker and has just done a TED talk, which has been watched by thousands of people around the world and was the only TED speaker on the day to receive a standing ovation.
Karni Liddell will speak at the 2018 Women in Media National Conference.