Marc Woods

Marc spends his time presenting at business conferences around the world giving insights into personal responsibility, leadership, teamwork and motivation.

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A county standard swimming as a teenager Marc had his left leg amputated because of cancer when he was 17. 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.

Marc competed internationally as a swimmer 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. At the London 2012 Paralympic Games worked for the BBC as a commentator and presenter, as well as performing in the opening ceremony.

Marc now spends his time presenting at business conferences around the world giving insights into personal responsibility, leadership, teamwork and motivation.

Marc has written three books. Most notably Personal Best, a combination of his inspirational life story and personal development advice, and more recently Beyond the Call which, supported by research from New York University, looks at how to create conditions within an organisation that make discretionary effort more likely.

Additional Information

  • An ambassador for London 2012 Olympics
  • Member of the British Paralympic Advisory Panel for London 2012 Games
  • Director of the Youth Sport Trust
  • Former Trustee of Teenage Cancer Trust
  • Ambassador for CANSA (South Africa’s Cancer Charity)
  • Patron of the Bone Cancer Research Trust
  • BBC Sports Commentator: 2002 – Present
  • Awarded honorary Doctorate by Middlesex University
  • Made a Freeman of the City of London
  • Honorary Citizen of Pensacola – Florida