On 3 May 1994, in South Australia's most infamous police siege, Snr. Constable Derrick McManus was shot 14 times with a high-powered, semi-automatic weapon and lay bleeding to death for three hours before he could be rescued. The siege continued for 40 hours, with some 2,000 rounds of ammunition fired during this period, most prior to his rescue. He not only survived but also returned, despite all medical predictions, to his work with the elite Special Tasks and Rescue (STAR) Group.
His story is the basis of one of Australia’s most powerful, sometimes chilling, often funny and always fascinating keynote presentations of what can be achieved by sheer guts and setting achievable goals.
"Being shot 14 times with a high powered rifle isn't something I asked for but I now believe it to be one of the best things that ever happened to me. I now know that it's not what happens to us but how we deal with it that determines our future," says Mr McManus.
KneeDeep Managing Director Henrietta Child says: “At KneeDeep we encourage people to go beyond their comfort zone, to step up and challenge themselves. They are often surprised by what they are able to achieve.
"We're excited by this event with Derrick because he is living proof of all that we believe in our leadership work."
Numbers are limited but non-alumni members are welcome to attend. To register for this powerful and highly inspirational presentation of insight and endurance, please click here.
About Derrick McManus
Derrick served eleven years with STAR Group.
In that time he specialised in the areas of Counter Terrorist Tactics, Sniper and Underwater Recovery Diver. After the shooting he underwent 2 ½ years of intensive rehabilitation to return to full duties, with no restrictions, in the elite STAR Group.
Derrick is a powerful and engaging inspirational speaker. His story is not only gripping but also one of the funniest tales of adversity you’ll ever hear.
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