Adversity

Browse our selection of speakers on overcoming adversity. Though challenges may have affected these speakers and even threatened to drag them down, they didn't let it stop them from pursuing their goals. See our bios below. 

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Gareth Thomas

Former Wales & British Lions Rugby Captain & LGBT Advocate

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Alvin Law

Canadian Motivational Speaker Who Fell Victim Of Thalidomide

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tanni grey thompson

Record-Breaking Paralympian & 16-Time Olympic Medallist

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Nigel Owens

LGBT Advocate & Current World Record Holder For The Most Test Matches Refereed

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Derek Redmond

British Athlete Who Held The British Record For The 400 Metres Sprint & Won Gold Medals In The 4x400 Metres Relay At The World Championships & European Championships

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Simon Weston

SOLDIER, SURVIVOR, INSPIRATION & BEST SELLING AUTHOR

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Ellie Simmonds

British Paralympian Swimmer Who Competed In The 2008 Summer Paralympics In Beijing - Winning Two Gold Medals For Team GB At The Age Of 13

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Chris Moon

WORLD’S FIRST AMPUTEE ULTRA-DISTANCE RUNNER

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John Bird

Founder Of The Big Issue

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JJ Chalmers

Former Royal Marine Turned Television Presenter, Public Speaker & Invictus Games Medallist

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Jonathan Broom-Edwads

Inspirational Paralympic Silver Medallist Who Held The T44 High Jump World Record

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Steve Wozniak

Silicon Valley Icon Who Co-Founded Apple Inc. With Steve Jobs