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Author, adventurer Neil Petersen inspires Johnson City students

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JOHNSON CITY (WBNG) -- Johnson City High School Students got an inspirational message Wednesday morning from a man who's overcome many challenges.

Neal Petersen is a history-making extreme adventurer, around-the-world racing sailor and international speaker. He says he's faced the challenges of a childhood physical disability, poverty, and discrimination during the harsh Apartheid era in South Africa. 

Petersen says he responds to all challenges as opportunities.

"I want our students to become life-long learners. Inexplicable about where they are in the world or what their circumstances are. Their future is in their hands, and they must take opportunities they are given. I was given a lack of opportunities in South Africa. But in spite of the lack of opportunities, I was still able to fight and achieve these goals and take on lofty challenges," Petersen said. 

He says if there is one take-away from his speech, It's that in life there are no barriers, only solutions. 

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