Marc Woods was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 17 and had his left leg amputated below the knee. Not knowing whether he had 6 months or 60 years left to live, he was determined to make the most of whatever time he had.
Before losing his leg Marc swam in local races, but never achieved his potential. After surgery he stepped up his training, winning a race while still on chemotherapy. Six months later, he was swimming faster with one leg than he ever had with two. Eighteen months later, he represented Great Britain in individual and relay team freestyle events – and went on to win twelve Paralympic medals, four of them gold. He also held individual world records over three distances – 200m, 400m, and 1500m.
In presentations Marc takes audiences on a remarkable journey, inspiring each person to do the very best in every dimension of their lives. With thrilling footage, a terrific sense of humour and complete lack of sentimentality, he demonstrates his passion for life and shows what can happen when we learn to focus on those things which are under our control.
Marc was an integral part of the BBC Paralympic commentary team in 2012 before joining Channel 4 and their acclaimed team. He was an Ambassador for London 2012 and was a member of the British Paralympic Advisory Panel for both Olympic and Paralympic Games. He was also a Founding Member of the British Athletes Council and is the author of three books which look at personal and team achievement in sport, work and life: Personal Best – How to Achieve your Full Potential, Beyond The Call: Why Some of Your Team Go the Extra Mile and Others Don’t Show, and Where Do All the Paperclips Go?: …and 127 other business and career conundrums.
To book Marc Wood as the paralympic speaker for your event contact Champions Speakers: the leading sports speakers’ agency by completing the online form or by telephone on: + 44 1509 85 29 27