- Hein Wagner is an inspiration to all around him
- Born blind, the motivational speaker did not let anything stand in his way to live a full life
- He started competing in extreme sports at the age of 21, after he sailed for 14 days from the Cape to Rio
- Now, he aims to motivate and inspire others to change their mindsets
We often hear about people who break through their limitations to achieve the impossible.
And, Hein Wagner is no exception. Wagner participated in the 100-man Antarctica Marathon, he completed the Absa Cape Epic and climbed the 10 highest mountains in the Western Cape, just to name a few of his accomplishments.
Now, what makes his story exceptional, is he was born blind because of a rare degenerative disease called Leber’s congenital amaurosis.
This means he did all the above-mentioned activities without being able to see a thing. Wagner even broke the World Blind Land Speed Record, twice.
However, although all those accomplishments were astonishing, it is not what Wagner considers his greatest victory.
“I think my personal biggest achievement to date is accepting my blindness unconditionally,” Wagner said.
At the age of five, Wagner was enrolled in the Worcester Institute for the Blind, which he recalls was a traumatising experience, since he would frequently get lost.
But, his experience at the boarding school was what prepared him for life, claiming it instilled a resilience in him which carried him through his toughest challenges.
His love for adventurous and extreme sports begun when he completed the Cape to Rio Yacht Race at the age of 21.
According to BeautifulNews, Wagner had a desire to find out what he is capable of after the two-week sailing experience.
In 2004, Wagner became a full-time motivational speaker, after many requests by other people to share his story.
Briefly.co.za gathered Wagner never looked back since that day, and he even adds humour to inspire others.
Today he is a brand ambassador for Kaleidoscope, where he raises money through his adventures for non-profit organisations, which seeks to empower visually impaired people.
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