Lets talk about Adam!
Adam Sheppard is an athletics coach, personal trainer, retired para athlete and former Australian record holder, plus partner in the inclusion and disability services business, InvincAble Accessibility, Inclusion, Diversity and Education (InvincAble AIDE for short). He was born and bred in the Sunshine State and lives with his wife of ten years, Christy, and their three year old son, Fletcher.
Having been born with his disability, Spina Bifida, and the medical condition hydrocephalus, Adam has been part of the local disabled community for many years; whether it be through the various sports he has been involved in, the many committees he has participated in or the community and advocacy groups he has worked tirelessly for.
Adam is well known to be an all around good guy. Instantly liked by those he meets, he not only inspires kindness, generosity, compassion and altruism in others, he holds himself to a high standard and lives by these principles himself.
When questioned about his greatest achievements, Adam makes no mention of his national records, nor his medals and accolades, Instead, he jumps straight into talking about the difference he has made to others and the positive impact he has been blessed enough to have had the opportunity to make.
He feels particularly proud of the work he is doing in his business alongside his business partner Natasha Price, Volunteering Gold Coast and Surf Lifesaving QLD to help implement beach access programs across Queensland, as well as the voluntary work he has done with children and teenagers.
Most significantly to Adam, he talks with passion about coaching at the Variety Kids with Disabilities Sports Camp held at Gold Coast Performance Centre, and working as a camp attendant and motivational speaker at the Rotary Youth Transition Seminar for numerous years, as well coaching Wheelchair Athlete Natasha Price to her first win at the 2019 Auckland Marathon.
As well as being a qualified Personal Trainer, Adam is himself an avid gym goer, spending a number of hours daily training in the gym with Natasha. He also has a small cohort of elite Wheelchair Track and Road racing Athletes that he coaches following his own successful wheelchair racing career in which he retired in early 2001. True to form, Adam is motivated by being able to impart his sizeable knowledge and experience onto the next generation of athletes.
Adam has a strong passion for making the world a better place for people with disabilities to live, and he works to implement this vision into every project he is part of.
“I am a staunch believer that life is what you make it no matter your circumstance and this makes me truly passionate about helping people find the tools they need to follow their dreams and lead amazing lives, by their own rules.”