She Overcame Scoliosis, An Abnormal Curvature of the Spine, and became a 7-Time World Marathon Swimming Champion!

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Shelley Taylor-Smith on Open Water Swimming
Shelley Taylor-Smith (born 3 August 1961) is a former Australian long-distance swimmer. Born in Perth, Western Australia, Taylor-Smith suffered from scoliosis, an abnormal curvature of the spine, throughout her school years.

The condition required her to wear a back brace, although she was successful in national age group swimming competitions.While on a swimming scholarship to the University of Arkansas in the United States, the heavy training regime caused a lower-body paralysis.

During her recovery, her coach noticed that her swimming improved at greater distances, and encouraged her to take up marathon swimming, a sport which would also allow her to avoid potentially back-damaging “tumble turns”.


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A True ChampionTaylor-Smith’s first major achievement was breaking the world four-mile record in 1983.She also won the Australian Marathon Swimming Championships three times, and seven consecutive FINA Marathon World Cups.She won a gold medal in the inaugural open water swimming event at the 1991 World Aquatics Championships in Perth, and a bronze at the 1994 Championships in Rome.Dangerous When Wet: The Shelley Taylor-Smith Story (ISBN 1864480750) was published in 1996.Shelley Taylor-Smith with Steven Munatones and Ram Barkai Open Water Ambassadors: Shelley Taylor-Smith flanked by Steven Munatones (Left) and Ram Barkai (Right)
Repeatedly, Shelley has demonstrated the power of her mind in overcoming considerable adversity. Triumphing over scoliosis, partial paralysis, benign breast tumour and chronic fatigue syndrome, Shelley is now the respected motivational expert on the power of the mind in achieving remarkable results in your life to become the Champion of your own world.Open Water Ambassadors: Shelley Taylor-Smith flanked by Steven Munatones (Left) and Ram Barkai (Right)Repeatedly, Shelley has demonstrated the power of her mind in overcoming considerable adversity. Triumphing over scoliosis, partial paralysis, benign breast tumour and chronic fatigue syndrome, Shelley is now the respected motivational expert on the power of the mind in achieving remarkable results in your life to become the Champion of your own world.

One of the Most Dynamic Personalities in the Sport Today

Champion Mindset In 1998, Taylor-Smith was diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome after prolonged exposure to polluted water and Giardia lamblia infection, and was given six months to live. She nonetheless went on to win her fifth consecutive Manhattan Island marathon, and then retired from swimming!

Taylor-Smith currently lives in Sydney, where she works as a motivational speaker for her company, Champion Mindset.

Respected motivational keynote speaker, seven-time world champion marathon swimmer, international best selling author, business trainer and success coach, Shelley Taylor-Smith has proven that any ordinary Australian can achieve extraordinary results; that a Champion Mindset™ can make a difference in your life and business.

Now retired, she switched swimsuit for business suit and now shares her inspirational stories as a highly respected keynote speaker and trainer.

In her business Champion Mindset™ Consulting, Shelley works with businesses and individuals to remove the blockages that stop people from achieving peak performance and ultimately success.

Shelley holds Bachelors in Education in Physical Education, a qualified trainer in NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) and currently pursuing her doctorate in Psychology.