Deb Lewin, a national ParaEquestrian champion and master NLP Practitioner, is a much sought after motivational speaker, drawing her inspiration and courage from her life’s experiences. In 1996, Deb was broadsided by another vehicle, resulting in a brain injury with left side paralysis and impaired vision and hearing. She refers to this, as her “Opportunity.”
Deb was born and raised in Africa, in a Country now called Zimbabwe (formerly Rhodesia). She became an American Citizen in 1992 and worked in the video industry, was a Paramedic, taught Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) and was a ropes challenge course Instructor. As an able-bodied athlete, she competed Internationally and got to represent two different Countries in field hockey and squash. Now, she is an equestrian athlete competing both locally and Internationally, in able-bodied shows and horse shows for riders with disabilities. She competes in many different equestrian disciplines; Dressage, English and Western riding including equitation and trail and most recently, cart driving.
Deb spends a lot of her time volunteering at Equest and other non-profit organizations and has been featured in many magazines, newspaper articles, radio and television shows.
Deb was a medal winning member of Team USA, a ParaEquestrian Dressage Team competing Internationally on borrowed horses and has twice made the Paralympic Trials. Deb has won the UPHA Exceptional Challenge Cup National Championship and Reserve National Championship Equitation titles, AQHA Year End High Point Awards for both English and Western Riding, the Equest Levi Strauss Award, PATH International (formerly NARHA) Independent Equestrian of the year Award, Carter BloodCare donor and recipient national recognition, Junior Diabetes Research Foundation JDRF Golden Sneaker Award, 2008 Dallas Cowboys Quarterback Community Finalist Award, the 2009 Annual NorthStar Volunteer Award. Deb has been inducted into the Equest Hall of Fame, has served on the Equest Board of Directors and Marketing Committees and has also been a committee member with PATH International (formerly NARHA).
Deb has taken this “Opportunity” to motivate others with her “can-do” attitude and sense of humour. Deb has experienced a lot of firsts, since being in a wheelchair – horse riding and equestrian competitions both nationally and internationally; skiing in Aspen, Colorado; parasailing in Florida; taking a helicopter ride and landing on a moving glacier in Alaska; swimming with the dolphins in the Bahamas and deep sea fishing in Alaska.
Deb is an inspiration to all she meets and has now published her own book, “One Brain Injury will Change Your Mind”