Marc Woods



Marc had his left leg amputated because of cancer when he was seventeen. The day after he had his stitches out he went swimming and within a year he was swimming quicker with one leg then he did when he had two. His 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 has now retired from swimming having competed internationally for 17 years, winning 12 Paralympic medals from 5 Games and a further 21 from either World or European Championships.
In the past he has held world records for 200m, 400m, 1500m Freestyle and as well as being part of the team that held the world record for 4 x 100m Freestyle.
Marc is known for his inspiring story which is delivered in a self deprecating, humorous and moving manner. 
Using superb BBC archive footage from Atlanta 1996 and Sydney 2000 Marc details his experiences and the lessons he learnt on the way to winning a Gold medal in Sydney and Athens. 
Marc‘s speech takes you on an inspirational journey giving insights into taking personal responsibility, leadership, teamwork and motivation. It is a journey that took him from cancer patient to multiple Gold medalist.
Visa International
"Thank you for taking the time to come and speak to us at our divisional meeting, we thoroughly enjoyed your talk and found it truly inspirational"
Carol Walsh - Executive Vice President Regional General Counsel
Zurich Advice Network
"His talk was enlightening but also entertaining and he certainly kept the audience sitting on the edge of their seats! His messages about teamwork, communication and being supportive were aptly illustrated and the importance of dedication and hard work were obvious by his own achievements."
Midge Story - Manager of the Zurich Advice Foundation

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