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Karni Liddell Travels from Brisbane, QLD


  • Achievements
  • Disability
  • Female Speaker
  • Inspirational
  • Master Of Ceremonies
  • Motivational
  • Paralympian
  • Personal Development
  • Resilience
  • Sport
  • Swimming
  • Team Sport

As a Paralympian, businesswoman, commentator, writer, counsellor, fundraiser and disability champion, Karni speaks to thousands of audiences around the world, encouraging them to think differently about how our choices in life shape our health, our success, and our attitude, despite whatever life circumstances we were given. Karni has an infectious and unique attitude on life and is able to deliver powerful, authentic, down-to-earth presentations capturing her experiences of living with a progressive debilitating muscle wasting disease and being labelled as a person who would not live past her teenage years.

Her presentations encourage people to believe they too can ‘have a crack’ at life no matter what their life circumstance are, as she chose to be an elite athlete despite being born with a muscle wasting disease. She chose to be a swimmer even though she is unable to lift her arms above her head. Karni’s life has been about having the will to prove what her body can do, even though she was told that her body would progressively waste away and that she would lose the ability to walk and breathe independently by her teenage years.

Her unwavering parents developed a self-invented rehabilitation program which defied most specialist’s belief that exercise only exacerbated this disease. Their unique approach involved swimming, horse-riding, diet, Pilates, physio, faith healers, juicing, massage, bike-riding, stretching and a multitude of whacky fads and remedies. This unique approach is a lifestyle Karni still follows today as she credits this program for giving her the privilege of still walking at 34, being a Paralympic medalist and for being able to dance (maybe not ‘Twerk!’).

After completing a Masters in Counselling/Social Work and a double degree in Communications Karni is able to effortlessly integrate your key messages into her presentation in a natural, sincere manner as she is genuinely able to connect and engage with people from all walks of life.

Whether you need an insightful, life-changing and entertaining keynote or event speaker; support with team building and leadership, change management, media and presentation training or enhancing motivation and attitude; Karni effortlessly engages, inspires, entertains, captures and connects with her audience. Karni is one of the few speakers in Australia to receive many standing ovations throughout her 13 year speaking career.

Karni has raised over $1million dollars for the various charities she supports. Her proudest moment was when she was able to hand over nearly $1million to the Australian Paralympic Committee to enable the full Australian team to compete at the Athens Paralympics. She achieved this by delivering over 1000 speeches to all Westpac staff to inspire them to organize their own fundraising events.

Karni is passionate about changing people’s perceptions on disability and this is what drove her to model for various magazines and she is still the only woman in Australia with a disability to be on the cover of Inside Sport Magazine. Karni’s mantra in life is that “accidents, illness and disability doesn’t discriminate it chooses beautiful, intelligent, funny, successful and talented people every day.”

Karni is currently the Ambassador for Muscular Dystrophy Association, Sporting Wheelies and Disabled Association, Day of Difference Foundation and the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

As a radio presenter, speaker, communications trainer and sports commentator Karni is able to host any event with professionalism, humour, enthusiasm and experience. Karni is currently a sport and social commentator on ABC radio (Rebecca Levingston, Craig Zonca and Tim Cox shows) and has had over a decade of media and speaking experience.

Keynote Titles

  • Everybody has a choice in life despite our unchosen life circumstances
  • Life may not be the party we hoped for but while we’re here we should dance
  • How to REALLY engage and connect with people
  • Parents and family workshop | Stages of adjustment
  • Learning how to dance with a disability workshop
  • Secret women's business
  • School presentations and workshops


I found Karni to be a very well spoken, inspirational and articulated young woman. Her will power, strength and life defining moments she kindly informed us off were truly inspirational and motivational. Her courage, competitiveness and drive, I felt was partly instilled by her parents at an early age as they were great role models, plus their implementation of a continuous exercise program from the age of 3 has been phenomenal is Karni achieving such remarkable goals. Karni made us all realise that "Achieving things in life people say can't be done is one of the greatest pleasures in life and never say never!" What a fantastic luncheon and enlightening motivational presentation and slide show.

Hervey Bay Business Network

The best speaker I have experienced was a sentiment echoed by high profile business executives and politicians at our event. Karni Liddell's message to our business community at the 2010 Capricorn Tourism & Economic Development and Ergon Energy Business Excellence Awards proved inspirational to our audience on corporate, personal and family levels. Our Gala Dinner guests experiencing laughter, through to a humbling quiet - as Karni's emotions in her address about overcoming odds - and being inspired by others less fortunate - was heartfelt and down to earth! It certainly created a reflective time for many people about their own perceived hardships! Karni's natural speaking capability is highly recommended and was certainly a highlight of our awards evening.

Capricorn Tourism & Economic Development

We have received a lot of positive feedback about the day and we appreciate that much of that related to the entertaining and though provoking speech you made on the day. Few successful athletes have the ability to put into words the challenges and efforts in such a powerful way whilst continuing to recognise the input and support of others as you did. Your message will stay with us for a long time.

Rugby Gold Coast



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