Victor Vermeulen’s academic brilliance brought him offers of bursaries from schools far and wide, and his sporting achievements saw him playing First Team Soccer and Rugby for the best part of his senior school years. By the time Victor Vermeulen left school he was playing Cricket for Transvaal and had already played at the infamous Lords Cricket Grounds in London. Victor Vermeulen was the up and coming star of South African Cricket.
Victor’s International Client List includes:
Adcock Ingram, Anglo American, Avis, Avon, BP, Coca Cola, Deloitte, Daimler Chrysler, Estee Lauder, Flight Centre, GlaxoSmithkline, IBM, KPMG, Liberty Life, L’Oreal, Microsoft, Novatis, Nashua, Pfizer, PricewaterhouseCooper, Renault, Roche, SAB Miller, The Spar Group, Total, Virgin, Vodaphone.
Victor Vermeulen had it all! From a very early age, he'd excelled at both academics and sports and boasted an expansive list of bursaries and awards. He could have represented his country at any number of sports but his first love was always cricket. At 19 he'd already played with a young South African team at Lords the famous English test ground and was settling into a career with Transvaal. It was really just a matter of time, it was felt, before he would be given the opportunity to go in and bat for South Africa.
Then, a freak accident left him paralysed from the neck down with little apparently to look forward to, only memories of a dazzling past and thoughts of what might have been!
Victor however, as his name implies, is made of sterner stuff! He didn't dwell on the past, but looked at the positive aspects of his situation and with the support and encouragement of his mother, Isabel, set off down a new path as a motivational speaker.
"This remarkable young South African's achievements against so many odds, have made us appreciate how much we can accomplish, no matter what stands in our path. His spirit, enthusiasm and courage serve as a lesson to us all." Mr Nelson Mandela
His extraordinary story of courage, optimism and sheer determination is told in his best-selling book 'The Victor Within' (Tenacity Publications) which has the following forewords by Nelson Mandela (mentioned above) and the late Christopher Reeve.
WHAT THE CLIENTS HAD TO SAY:
"Victor's heroism in adversity has been an inspiration to us all."
Norman Adami – President & CEO SAB Miller, Milwaukee US
“Victor is the living proof of what is achievable with the right outlook. He is not the loud exhortational type of motivational speaker, nor would it suit him – his power is in his truth and authenticity.”
Viv Jarvis – HR Executive – London 2012 Olympic Bid Committee.
"The entire audience was moved and each took away something different - many said it was the most impactful presentation they had ever heard."
Deloitte & Touche
You’re an admirable young man and your achievements are just incredible!”
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