In 2016, he was awarded Australia's 4th highest bravery decoration, The Commendation for Brave Conduct, for saving the life of an aboriginal man who had fallen onto train tracks at Redfern Railway Station in Sydney. A year later, Allan was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for his services to mental health support organisations and the community.
With an extraordinary life story, Allan is a speaker, sailor, survivor of PTSD and best-selling author.
Allan is a renowned motivational speaker, having presented at events across Australia. He is a compelling storyteller, taking you through his journey with raw honesty and passion leaving you speechless and inspired.
Challenge and Adventure
"Allan Sparkes spoke at our National Conference held on the Gold Coast in March 2015. Allan’s approach was relaxed and informal but highly engaging. He spoke openly, honestly and with sincerity. Allan held everyone’s attention from beginning to end and everyone left with the utmost respect for the man himself, and importantly the message he delivered. Allan spent plenty of time with our delegates both before and after his presentation. The feedback we’ve received since was that Allan was a wonderful choice, a brilliant and inspiring speaker. He was a delight to deal with and I’d highly recommend Allan to anyone looking for an inspirational speaker." Gerald Foley - Managing Director - National Mortgage Brokers
"I've been lucky enough to meet many inspirational people in my work but Al would have to be close to the top of the list. If his own achievements weren't impressive and courageous enough, he now dedicates much of his time to inspiring others to achieve their own meaningful achievements. Al's story is truly amazing and his ongoing work is just so valuable. I feel honoured to know Allan Sparkes and would highly recommend him to anyone looking for a genuine, authentic story-telling speaker." Dr Tim Sharp - The Happiness Institute "
Allan Sparkes was an absolute pleasure to work with both pre event and on the day of our event. His commitment to achieving the right outcome for the client, in this instance ASFA was second to none. I have secured hundreds of professional speakers, both locally and internationally, and I would have to say that this session with Allan Sparkes, Ciaran Gribbin and Mark Donaldson VC will be amongst my most special career moments. Likewise, the 1500 delegates will remember this presentation forever, being privileged to join Allan on this journey." Nicolette Hughes, Director Conference and International Events, ASFA