Marc Woods | Inspirational Speaker 


About:  Marc Woods | Inspirational Speaker 

A county standard swimmer as a teenager, Marc had his left leg amputated because of cancer when he was 17. His dream became 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 co-founded the Leadership Advisory business, Equiida, and now spends his time working with organisations around the world as an executive coach and speaker. He focuses this work around developing personal awareness, taking responsibility, leadership effectiveness, teamwork and inclusion.

Marc believes passionately in the power of sport and physical activity. He now Chairs the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity. As the professional development body for the UK’s sport and physical activity sector, CIMSPA is committed to supporting, developing and enabling professionals and organisations to succeed, inspiring the nation to become more active, and creating a vibrant, UK-wide sport and physical activity sector, with the highest standards of service delivery.


Marc Woods | Inspirational Speaker 

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Topic 1: Challenge & Overcoming Adversity

The story:

Marc Woods had his left leg amputated due to cancer at the age of seventeen. He had been a county swimmer before the diagnosis and the day after his stitches were taken out, he went swimming again. Within a year, he was swimming faster than what he had swam with his two legs.

His dream was to simply be the best that he could be and just eighteen months after he finished chemotherapy, he was selected to represent Great Britain. He subsequently competed at European & World Championships and Paralympic Games.

Title 2: Facing Change & Taking Responsibility

The story:

As a teenager, Marc Woods would describe himself as ‘lazy’. Faced with a daunting situation, he took personal responsibility to get on with his life to the best of his ability.

In this presentation, Marc describes having to learn to walk again and how taking the time to do that as well as he possibly could, still positively impacts his life today.

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