Rod Bonsack hails from Ararat, Victoria. Raised in a rural town, Rod did all the things all “normal people” did as a kid, he played
sport, went to school, played more sport, did odd jobs after school and played more sport. At 17 Rod joined the Royal
Australian Air Force and proceeded upon a career in engineering; all very “normal”.
In 1987, Rod was involved in a unique aircraft accident that severed both of his legs above the knee. His recount of this time in
clarity is chilling in detail and delivered to selected audiences provides an illumination of what the vast majority of the
population take for granted.
In 1989, Rod with the help of friends and a library book on “how to swim” took the plunge into a swimming pool. From very
humble beginnings to his representing Australia at many events including the 1992 Barcelona and 1996 Atlanta Paralympic
Games. With the hours of long, hard training Rod went from success to success, winning gold medals and breaking national
records that he still currently holds.
Rod then set his sights on a career as a nationally recognised swimming coach firstly at Swan Hills Swimming Club and
presently at the Arena Swim Club. In his capacity Rod has provided inspiration to young people from ages 8 to 38 in learning
new skills, overcoming tragedy, obstacles and challenges of all descriptions. His driving goal is to “Make a Difference” to all he
meets. Rod is currently the Coaching Programs Coordinator at WA Sports Centre Trust.
Rod resides in Perth, WA with his wife Priya, daughter Olivia and sons Zachary and Harrison. As a true team Rod and Priya run a
global business helping others to achieve their dreams in all areas of life.
Rod is a dynamic motivational speaker. In his presentations, entitled ‘Going MaD’ & ‘Success is a Choice’ he reminds us that any dream, large or small, personal or corporate, can come true with the strength of sheer determination.