The way we treat each other can define our lives and transform the lives of others. Annabelle Williams OAM; Paralympic gold medallist, lawyer, Vice-President of Paralympics Australia, international motivational speaker, and TV commentator is a perfect example of a life defined by the courage and kindness of ‘superheroes’. Annabelle talks about how, through the kindness of others at critical times in her life, these ‘superheroes’ helped her become one of Australia’s very own.
Annie was a member of the Australian Paralympic Swim Team for eight years and managed to balance her extensive sporting and travel commitments with a highly successful and demanding corporate career as a lawyer. Annie captained the Australian swim team, broke five world records, and won numerous medals for Australia, including gold at the London 2012 Paralympic Games. While she was an athlete, she worked in Paris for the Australian Trade Commission, Washington D.C. for Perennial, an agency that represents NFL and NBA players and was, for a fleeting moment, Charlize Theron’s stunt double in Mad Max 4: Fury Road. Annie worked in the Mergers and Acquisitions department at a top-tier law firm and was the Legal Counsel for the Australian Olympic Committee. She has worked for the Court of Arbitration for Sport and was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for service to sport. Annie is the Vice-President of the Board of Paralympics Australia. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.