Joey Evans – Motivational Speaker has completed several marathons and ultra-marathons, hiked the fish river canyon and otter trail, finished the Roof of Africa enduro, raced in the Botswana desert 1000 and the only South African biker to complete the 2017 Dakar Rally.
Joey Evans has ridden his dirt bike throughout South Africa as well as Mozambique, Swaziland, Lesotho, Botswana, Namibia, Morocco, Bolivia, Argentina, Paraguay & Lebanon. Now available through Speakers Inc
Joey Evans – Motivational Speaker
Despite suffering a devastating motor crash that left him paralysed and nearly crushed his dreams of competing in the Dakar rally, South African motorcyclist Joey Evans has completed the 2017 edition of the grueling race.
Evans has always wanted to compete as a Dakar Rally: “I dreamed of racing in the Dakar rally after watching it on TV and made it my goal to compete one day. I went on to race a number of races both regional and national in 2006 and 2007.”
Overcoming the struggles
The SA racer broke his T8 and T9 vertebrae an crushed his spinal cord that left him completely paralysed from the chest down. Follow Speakers Inc on Twitter
Physiotherapist Sharné Bailey, who has worked with Evans since two years after his accident said his true heroism came from his persistence during rehabilitation with physiotherapists like herself and Melanie Harding from the South African Society of Physiotherapy.
After a neurosurgeon fused the two vertebrae, it increased the chances of Evans walking again to only 10%.
Bailey said: “A 10% chance was all a guy like Joey needed. And once he was up on his feet, it was inevitable that he would want to get back on a bike. And that he’d start dreaming Dakar dreams again. Biking was his life, he had that fire in him.”
Just a 10% chance
About five years ago Evans, with the help of his physiotherapists, starting working on getting him ready for the Dakar.
Harding said: “He told me that any competitor only has a 30% chance of finishing the Dakar, so he reckoned he had maybe a 10% chance – and that was enough for him. I am so proud of him – it’s an amazing, amazing achievement.”
Doctors said I had a 10% chance to walk again
Joey Evans had a dream to race my motorbike in the Dakar Rally. A race considered to be the toughest off-road race in the world.
My dream was shattered, when in 2007 during a local race, I sustained serious injuries, crushing my spinal cord and leaving me paralyzed from just below my chest.
Navigating Detours on the Road to Victory
On 2nd January 2017, after 10 years of tough challenges, successes and lessons learnt, I lined up as a competitor at the start of the Dakar Rally in Asuncion, Paraguay.
13 days and a gruelling 9000km later, Joey Evans – Motivational Inspirational Speaker achieved my dream and became the only South African to finish the 2017 Dakar Rally on a motorbike.
The journey from paraplegic to Dakar Rally finisher over the past 10 years has been one filled with many emotions, challenges, setbacks and victories. Allow me to entertain, motivate and inspire your audience as I take them along on the journey to an impossible dream.