Shit Happens - the presentation


When life serves up the ultimate test of survival, character and determination, it’s a case of get busy living or get busy dying.  Darryl Sabin’s journey of survival and recovery following a catastrophic brain injury traverses the depths of the human spirit as he overcomes challenges even seasoned medical experts thought well beyond him.

Darryl only had one dream – to be an All Black.  But at the age of 15 he started suffering concussions while playing rugby and on ANZAC day 2009 he entered the fight of his life.  But he defied the odds and in a remarkable and ironic twist of fate, the game that so nearly claimed his life became the cornerstone of his recovery.

His tale of survival and recovery reveals five lessons for life which provide everyone a point of reference and perspective to deal with the challenges life inevitably puts in our path. 

This compelling presentation, packed full of unforgettable video footage, celebrates triumph over adversity when ‘shit happens’.  It will inspire you to the core of your character as you are immersed in a journey from which all can draw parallels.  It will have you seeing your life and the challenges you face in a new light, and provide unbridled inspiration to live life to the full.



Born in Whangarei in 1990, Darryl is the second child of 3 to Mike Sabin.  He was a natural sportsman and quickly succeeded in his chosen pursuits including his beloved rugby, in which he quickly rose to representative level in the school-boy grades.  He was a determined and talented player but prone to concussions.  Darryl’s other passion was farming and he left school in the six form working on dairy, sheep and beef stations in Northland.  By early 2009 he was working at Paua Station, near North Cape, but he was on a collision course with destiny, something that would see him earn his own black jersey and become the 23rd man of the All Black squad. 

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