Marc Woods had his left leg amputated below the knee because of cancer when he was just seventeen. He had been a county swimmer before the diagnosis and the day after he had his stitches out he went swimming again. Within a year he was swimming quicker with one leg than he had with two.
Marc’s dream was to simply be the best that he could be and just 18 months after he finished his chemotherapy he was selected to represent Great Britain.
He subsequently competed at European & World Championships and Paralympic Games. In his 17 years of competition, he won a staggering 12 Paralympic medals from 5 Games, 4 of those medals being gold. Marc also won a further 21 medals from European and World Championships.
Marc’s speech, titled Personal Best, takes you on an inspirational journey – giving insights into personal responsibility, leadership, teamwork and motivation. In 2005 Marc wrote the book Personal Best, a combination of his inspirational life story and personal development advice, to great acclaim.
Amongst other things, he is an ambassador of Teenage Cancer Trust, a director of the Youth Sport Trust and ambassador for CANSA (South Africa’s Cancer Charity) and patron for Bone Cancer Research.
Now retired from international swimming Marc has embarked on a series of new challenges. Having already trekked in Nepal, Ecuador and Peru (the Inca Trail) he has begun to develop his mountaineering skills. To date he has climbed the world’s highest volcano, Cotopaxi in Ecuador; Mont Pelvoux part of the Massif des Ecrins in France and 22,200ft Mera Peak in Nepal. Marc’s distinctive, open style demonstrates his passion for life, translating into a moving and motivating experience for audiences. Marc has presented his speech – Path to Gold – to companies all over the world. He works closely with his clients to ensure the emphasis of his speech compliments the issues that are currently being faced in the work place. The presentation follows him on his journey from ‘taking personal responsibility’ to ‘working within a small team’ through to ‘enthusing the broader support team’.
When Marc Woods opens your conference, attendees become focused and determined to get everything they can out of the meetings, training and networking. Not only will the audience refer to his words throughout the conference, but also the other speakers will use his incredible story to add weight and clarity to their own presentations, thereby increasing the take-home value for your delegates.
When closing a conference Marc helps people focus on aiming to be exceptional themselves and on being valued members of their teams. Weaving his inspirational story of coping with the unexpected, personal resilience, motivation and teamwork into the issues facing all organisations, Marc Woods’ life proves that focus and determination are a winning combination.
Marc is based in the UK & US and divides his time between the two. He is passionate about delivering his message to businesses all over the world.
Weaving his inspirational story of coping with the unexpected, personal resilience, motivation and teamwork into the issues facing all organisations, Marc Woods’ life proves that focus and determination are a winning combination. Marc is based in the UK & US and divides his time between the two. He is passionate about delivering his message to businesses all over the world.
"It's always a pleasure to work with Maria and the team. " Marc
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