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Major Glenn Todhunter Travels from Sunshine Coast, QLD


  • After Dinner
  • Goal Setting
  • Inspirational
  • Motivational
  • Personal Development

On September 22 1995, Major Glenn Todhunter found himself trapped in the wreckage of his aircraft after it had crashed heavily from 200ft during a training ?ight. He almost died.

After several days in intensive care on life support, his journey back to health required amputation of both his legs below the knee and two months in hospital. What followed over the next eight years was a landmark journey rebuilding his life learning to walk, drive and ?y again.

After been told by senior military officials he would never fly again for Defence with a disability, Glenn succeeded and in doing so became the first and only bilateral amputee aviator to have served in the history of the Australian Defence Force. To date Glenn has flown both rotary and fixed wing aircraft for the Australian Army.

Glenn actively enjoys sharing his experiences with others endeavouring to assist people that have experienced trauma and/or adversity with a message to conquer fear with resilience. Glenn enjoys visiting schools to help raise awareness of disability as a mainstream issue, has been an active member of amputee and disability support groups and for the past decade a corporate keynote speaker.

In acknowledgement of his achievements, Glenn is the only non-doctor to be awarded lifetime honorary membership to the Australasian Society of Aerospace Medicine. He has featured on the ABC’s Australian Story and was selected as one of four finalists for the 2006 Suncorp Queenslander of the Year. Glenn proudly works for the Royal Flying Doctor Service - South Eastern Section as their Head of Flight Training. Glenn enjoys employing his professional and personal experience to contribute to and develop the same aeromedical sector that saved his life in 1995.

Keynote Titles

  • Stepping beyond boundaries


Inspirational. Brilliant speaker, brilliant story! 2nd time I have seen this presentation however still as good as the first. Great presentation, could listen to Glenn for hours.

Local Government Managers Australia

Glenn recently spoke at a major conference for our company. His motivating and inspirational presentation conformed perfectly with the targets we had set for the conference. Glenn connected with his audience at a personal level. Many of our staff members felt they could relate to his story, and some report their outlook has changed since. I would recommend Glenn to anyone seeking an enthusiastic and interesting speaker.


Outstanding! Once again, Glenn was a pleasure to work with. So easy going and friendly as well as highly professional.

Q Comp

Glenn’s presentation “Stepping Beyond Boundaries” was an open, raw, confronting and deeply inspirational account on how the human spirit can overcome both personal and professional adversity. Glenn is an engaging and honest speaker who held the audience totally captive throughout his entire presentation. His openness about his life journey from being a young, care free and fully bodied young man to someone who in the blink of an eye suffered a life changing traumatic set of injuries, and how he has worked to overcome his disabilities and other people’s prejudices and perceptions makes you feel that you just had a front row seat about his life’s story to date. At the end of his presentation Glenn left an indelible impression on all participants that he is testament on how adversity can be overcome through perseverance, tenacity, strength, personal drive and humour. Feedback on Glenn’s keynote presentation has been overwhelmingly positive, and we would highly recommend Glenn to speak again at any of our future events.

Queensland Health Asset Management


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