On an afternoon bike ride in the Blue Mountains Janine Shepherd's life was altered irrevocably. When the champion cross country skier in training for the Winter Olympics was hit by a truck, doctors warned her parents that she was not expected to survive her ordeal. The bleeding alone was enough to kill her. Even if by some small chance she recovered, she would never walk again.
Coming to terms with her shattered Olympic dreams, refusing to believe what expert medical staff were telling her about her chances of any kind of recovery, Janine focused every sinew of her being on healing her broken body and crushed morale.
Her fighting spirit was rekindled watching small planes flying overhead. She said to herself, "If I can't walk, I'll fly". And fly she did. Within a year she had her private pilot's licence; twelve months later, her commercial licence; then her instructor's permit. 'Never Tell Me Never' is her story, a testament to the power of the human spirit, and one that will move and inspire all who read it.
- Publication Date:
- 01 / 06 / 1995
- 150 x 228mm