Marc Woods is a four-time Paralympics gold medalist in swimming. He has a high-speed javelin train named after him and was an ambassador for the 2012 London Olympics. He is highly experienced and regarded motivational speaker who has given hundreds of presentations inspiring people and organisations world-wide.
Marc Woods had to struggle from a very early age to achieve all his success. Aged just seventeen years old he developed cancer in his left leg which had to amputated. He had been a good swimmer, at County level before losing a leg, however trained and became even faster despite his disability.
Marc’s motivation and hard work helped him win 21 medals from European and World Championships in addition to 12 medals in five Paralympics. Marc has developed the highest possible levels of motivation and courage during his years as an athlete.
Marc had never rose to his full potential as an athlete before the unfortunate event when he lost his leg. However, it was fundamental in his effort and moral after the incident. He stepped up his training regimes and won a race while he was still on chemotherapy. Only six months later, he beat his personal best that he once set with two legs. He continued his exceptional performance and worked harder than ever, finally getting the reward winning 12 Paralympics medals, including four gold medals.
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 motivational speeches inspire everyone in the audience as he enthrals them with his remarkable journey. His keynote is titled ‘Path To Gold’ based on his inspirational book and the overriding guidance for people to set goals in order to achieve success. He focuses on motivation, teamwork, leadership and communication as he captures his audiences’ attention with his unique sense of humour and thrilling footage.
His visual presentation incorporates his international races and as such will appeal to requirements with an international mix. He is extremely accommodating and makes himself available around his presentation to speak to guests. Whilst one of the UK’s leading keynote motivational speakers Marc is also popular as an after dinner speaker and as a host for awards ceremonies.
"Marc's story is itself remarkable, but the way he draws out so many personal and professional parallels in such an entertaining way means that the audience's attention is 100% all the way through. I think every one of the 400 of our staff who attended gained something personally and I can see our company growing stronger as a result."
"We were absolutely thrilled with Marc's "story". He enthralled and entertained us he moved through the emotions, but critically he showed us the power of focus in delivering our goals and objectives. It was so good to see the whole team leaving the session with a smile on their face and a spring in their step."
"Personally and professionally I believe everyone walked away with a special message from you."
"Marc is a multi-Gold winning Paralympic swimmer and he has a brilliant tale to tell. We have used him a number of times for our newly appointed middle managers programme and the feedback is always stunning."
"My special thanks to you is for sharing a part of your life straight from the heart - it was inspirational. I was also really pleased that you chose to stay with us on Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning as it demonstrated your commitment to, and interest in, us."