Nick Morris OAM

How to Overcome Anything
90 minute Interactives | Development programs | 1:1 coaching

In this interactive, Nick outlines his life experience: from breaking his back as a teenager, to the highs of Paralympic gold and building a successful career in accessibility, and the extraordinary challenges of a life lived with passion, pain and sometimes elusive purpose.

He then involves participants in an engaging process of identifying the nubs and perspectives of their own challenges and identifying the steps to overcome them.

An inspiring interactive that motivates teams and organisations to take deliberate action to achieve anything!

Nick Morris is an accredited accessibility consultant with the Accessibility Consultants Association of Australia, and is passionate about helping people overcome adversity.

I’ve experienced multiple adversities. At 16 I broke my back, so I get around in a wheelchair; and then playing sport and all of a sudden you don’t win a gold medal and you end up 5th and you get depressed; even just the simple things like my kids running down by the beach and I know that I can’t go and run with them.

In 1996, as a key member of the Aussie Rollers basketball juggernaut, he won a Paralympic Gold medal in Atlanta. In 1977 Nick was awarded an Order of Australia medal for his services to sport. After consulting on the 2000 Olympics and Paralympics, Nick was invited to become the inaugural expert accessibility advisor for the international Paralympic Committee which he did from 2004-2012.

It’s not about me telling them what to do, but recognising that; ‘Hey I’m pretty normal; this is a normal emotion. It’s stuff I’m going to encounter and continue to encounter but maybe Nick’s given me a couple of tools, a couple of triggers, that I can maybe smile through it or go and see my best mate and have a chat about this and share it with someone.’ And if you do nothing more than that then you’ve put one step in front of the other and that’s a great thing.

Nick has mentored organisers of Commonwealth, Asia, Pan American and Paralympic Games on how to create or enhance accessibility. He’s also been a judge on the ABC TV program New Inventors, and is currently a judge for the Australian Event Awards.

Dual Paralympian (Gold medal Atlantic Paralympics basketball)
A Science (Human Movement)
Dip Education
Certificate 4 Workplace Training and Assessment