As Cam says; 'Dream big, because with big dreams comes a big life!'
Born with cerebral palsy it would be easy to focus on all the 'can’t do’s' in Cam’s life, particularly with Cam’s passion - athletics.
Cam's gut-wrenchingly honest story of how he pushed through his physical limitations and set his own goals which would one day find him representing New Zealand in athletics.
Achieving this is accomplishment enough, right? It would be easy to stop here and time to hang up your sports shoes. But not for Cam, he pushed further - winning championships in New Zealand, Australia and Canada and taking his winning attitude into environments that encourage others to achieve their personal best. From projects that enhance relations amongst people of the world, through to continually pushing through personal, physical and emotional barriers, Cam ensures each day is lived to the max.
Cam's philosophies, values and dynamic vision have taken him to Japan building a tuberculosis ward and a library in Vanuatu and regularly having his leadership recognised in the form of awards and scholarships.
In 2006 Cam became one of the youngest recipients worldwide of a Paul Harris Fellowship from Rotary. At 21 this prestigious award, which he has now received not once, but twice, recognised the significant contribution Cam had made in turning a community's dream - YES Disability Resource Centre, into reality. As the project's ambassador, Cam was the figurehead of a four million dollar project. During this time he saw the potential in linking his ever-growing network together with young disabled people so they too could develop the tools and processes to realise their dreams. Further to this, Cam has founded the Carabiner Mentoring programme for people with disabilities.
Cam's charisma, spark, passion and ability to motivate has seen him speak in front of audiences around the world, from the Prime Minister's Social Hero Awards in NZ, to Cabinet Officers in Japan, villages in Vanuatu and schools in London through to sports clubs and corporate offices including Vodafone New Zealand.
Today Cam motivates people from all backgrounds to dream BIG, because with big dreams comes a big life!
As your after dinner speaker or keynote presenter, Cam's content revolves around:
* Goal setting: shaping the big picture
* Overcoming setbacks and challenges
* Attitude makes the difference
* Communication and networking
* We are who we are, we have one life, so let's live it to the max!
As a finalist in the Kiwi Bank Young New Zealander of the Year Awards for 2010 Cam doesn't hide from the fact that he is still on a journey, that his Everest is yet to be conquered. But perhaps it is his uniqueness as a speaker to be sharing his awesome journey in the strive for an awesome outcome that sees audiences connect with his message and absorb an energy that moves, touches and inspires.
Cam's passion and inspirational story will pull at your heartstrings. Get in touch with Celebrity Speakers to book Cam for your upcoming event.
But perhaps Cam says it best;
"My name is Cam Calkoen. I dream of a world where everyone is inspired to embrace opportunity, and our physical being is no barrier to succeeding in our dreams and aspirations. It is dreams that have brought the world to what we see today. And our aspirations will propel it into the future.
No one can walk or talk at birth. But some people, like me, are presented with this likelihood for the rest of our lives. I chose to defy the odds, and now I have the opportunity to showcase what can be achieved when we see opportunity, clarify purpose, and live for awesome!
I was born with Cerebral Palsy, but today the only labels I need are my name and occupation: Cam Calkoen, Inspirational Speaker. The inspiration is not because of my Cerebral Palsy, although that’s a part of me I choose to embrace. It comes from an aspiration to make life as awesome as it can be through the pursuit of excellence. I have gone from people doubting I would ever walk, to exceeding expectations.
Life is what we make it and the values needed to achieve awesomeness are simple – we need to believe, and in doing so, leave no stone unturned. My offerings help you identify these unturned stones – in other words, I inspire others to dream big and achieve more!
I look forward to being a part of your journey."