Kevin Alderton motivational speaker
After a vicious attack in London left Dartford man, Kevin Alderton almost totally blind he was determined not to give up. He is now the fastest blind skier in the world, reaching speeds of 100mph
Kevin believes that a pre rehearsed speech is just not for him. Kevin prides himself on talking from the heart with an open, frank, honest and often amusing speaking style. Time allowing, Kevin also prefers to leave some time at the end of his presentation for audience interaction. This,Kevin believes builds a unique relationship between him and his clients audience, and leaves people with an unforgettable experience.
Kevin Alderton Inspirational speaker
Kevin Alderton was Born in Dartford and is an accomplished skier who speaks regularly on the corporate and public circuits.
At the age of 8 years old, Kevin
took his first dry ski slope lesson at Woolwich Barracks Dry Ski Slope. His passion for the sport eventually led him to complete two weeks work experience at the centre and he qualified as a dry slope instructor a few days before his sixteenth birthday.
After leaving school, Kevin
decided on a career with the British Army, where he spent twelve happy years, and reached the rank of Sergeant. Whilst serving, Kevin saw an opportunity to qualify as a Military Ski Instructor, whilst also representing his unit in various Alpine Skiing events with both his unit and divisions alpine race teams.
However, on the night of 2nd May 1998, Kevin's life would change forever. Whilst on a night out with a friend in London, Kevin witnessed an assault taking place on a young lady in a doorway by two men. Kevin and his friend intervened, but were set upon by a larger group of men. Little did he know at that moment, but due to the vicious assult that Kevin then suffered, he would lose his sight completely in less than 8 hours.
Whilst driving home the next morning, Kevin
sneezed and his world went black.He was taken to London's world famous Moorefield's Eye Hospital and following nine operations in seven months, Kevin
only managed to regain 6 per cent vision in one eye. Kevin
was registered blind in December 1998 and was discharged from the Army in April 2000.
Having been put in touch with a charity that cared for blinded ex servicemen (St. Dunstans), Kevin
started to rebuild his life following an intensive rehabilitation course run by the charity, at their national centre in Brighton.Kevin
regained his confidence and self motivation and attended a ski trip with the charity in January 2003. Although Kevin struggled at first to ski with his disability, he was determined that this was not going to beat him.
Having been encouraged by other charity members and staff, Kevin
continued to not only improve his skiing, but would eventually out-ski his guides on a regular basis on even the most challenging of runs. His new found enthusiasm for skiing led him to attend trials for the British Adaptive Ski Team, where he was selected to join the team's Development Squad in May 2005, and give him the opportunity of representing Great Britain in all four alpine events.
But in January 2005, Kevin
had set his sights on creating a new world record for Blind Speed Skiing. This would not only prove to be a true test of his skiing ability and determination, but would prove his true commitment in achieving his ambitions. On 14th April 2006, Kevin achieved his aim of creating a new world record for Blind Speed Skiing. Setting a speed of 162.45 Kph (100.94 Mph), Kevin's record was officiated by both the sports governing body The FSV (Federation Ski De Vittesse) as well as Guinness world Records, who created a new category for the sport.
Kevin's efforts have not only earned him the respect and admiration from skiers all over the world, but has now also earned him a place on the Great Britain Speed Skiing team in 2006
Kevin has extensive experience in speaking in the following areas
...After Dinner Speaking
...Presentations & Prize Giving
...Television, Radio & Paper based interviews
believes that a pre rehearsed speech is just not for him. Kevin
prides himself on talking from the heart with an open, frank, honest and often amusing speaking style. Time allowing, Kevin also prefers to leave some time at the end of his presentation for audience interaction. This,Kevin
believes builds a unique relationship between him and his clients audience, and leaves people with an unforgettable experience.
"Kevin was a very good inspirational speaker who reflected on his life experience in and entertaining but honest way, giving an insight into how his life changed and how he as an individual overcame adversity on account of his disability."Suzanne Southern
NHS North West
Assistant Practitioner Celebration Event