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Bethany Hamilton (Informative Speech)

Public Speaking

Victoria Miller

on 6 March 2014

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Transcript of Bethany Hamilton (Informative Speech)

Bethany Hamilton
Bethany Hamilton is an inspirational, Christian surfer. She has become an inspiration to millions of people through her story of faith, determination, and hope.
All About Bethany
born on February 8, 1990 on the island of Kauai, Hawaii
her parents are 2 die hard surfers
Thomas (dad) and Cherilyn (mom) Hamilton are her parents
2 brothers- Noah (8 years older) Timothy (4 years older)
knew surfing was her passion at a young age
First Competition
entered when she was eight
won both short and long board divisions
ignited Bethany's fire inside her for surfing competition
Surfing/Shark Experience
at the age of 13
on October 31, 2003
off of Kauai's North Shore
Bethany was attacked by a tiger shark
14 feet long
lost over 60% of her blood
made it through several surgeries without infection
positive attitude throughout her whole recovery
her sense of the water and her faith in God helped her get through the traumatic experience
Everyone goes through life changing experiences and it's your choice to learn from them or ignore them. Bethany decided to learn from it and use her horrible experience with surfing and sharks for good.
Bethany has surfed her whole entire life.
early years surfing and growing up surfing
middle years surfing and her surfing experience
after experience, now, and future

After Attack
One month after the attack, she returned to the water
January of 2004, she returned to surfing competitions
placed 5th in the women's division
continued to dominate in competition
Just over a year after the attack, she took 1st place in the Explorer women's division of the 2005 NSSA National Championship
first National title
Going Professional
In 2007, Bethany became pro
participated in many ASP and World Tour events
her story has been told all over the media
been recognized with many awards, appearances, and speaking engagements
Soul Surfer
October 2004, she shared her life story in her autobiography 'Soul Surfer'
seven years later, it was made into a movie with the same title (2011)
also written other book such as, devotions, bibles, and fan books
her parent instilled their faith in Christ in Bethany
at age 5, she decided to have a personal relationship with Christ
Bethany's faith has been her backbone
her source of truth, hope, and strength
Bethany has grown from a teenage girl with dreams of becoming pro, to a 23 year old pro with dreams of inspiring people and giving them hope.
Through her
early years surfing, her surfing and shark experience, her recovery, after experience, and even now and in her future,
Bethany has grown as a person and in her relationship with God.
touched lives
her own foundation 'Friends of Bethany'
now married
'Life is a lot like surfing... When you get caught in the impact zone, you've got to get back up because you never know what may be over the next wave.' -Bethany Hamilton
Soul Surfer Movie Trailer
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