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Marc Woods, Paralympic Gold medallist Ex cancer patient  Inspirational and motivational  Speaker

Marc Woods had his left leg amputated following cancer, when he was just 17 years old. Always a keen swimmer he went on to represent Great Britain in the European & World Championships and Paralympic Games

Marc Woods 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 complements the issues that are currently being faced in the work place.

There are numerous learning points within the presentation including insights into:

• Motivation
• Teamwork
• Leadership
• Communication skills

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 Wood's speech takes you on an inspirational journey which is packed with business messages – giving insights into taking personal responsibility, leadership, teamwork and motivation. It is a journey that took him from cancer patient to multiple Gold medalist.


Marc Woods, Paralympic Gold medallist Ex cancer patient  Inspirational and motivational Speaker

Marc Woods, Paralympic Gold medallist Ex cancer patient  Inspirational and motivational  Speaker


Marc Woods had his left leg amputated at the age of 17 following cancer. Always a keen swimmer he found he could swim faster with one leg rather than 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 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.

New Challenges

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.

More information on Marc:


• An ambassador for London 2012 Olympics
• Member of the British Paralympic Advisory Panel for London 2012 Games
• Trustee of Teenage Cancer Trust
• Board Member of Youth Sports Trust
• Ambassador for CANSA (South Africa’s Cancer Charity)
• Patron of the Bone Cancer Research Trust
• BBC TV Commentator
• Awarded honorary Doctorate by Middlesex University
• Made a Freeman of the City of London
• Honorary Citizen of Pensacola – Florida
• Founding member of the British Athletes Council

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