Mark Colbourne has gone through hell and back to reach his first Paralympic Games after breaking his back in a paragliding accident in May 2009. He was left with lower leg paralysis and foot drop in both feet.
In the summer of 2011, Mark Colbourne entered into his first summer of road and time trial racing for the GB Para-cycling Team. He raced in three P1 International events across Europe and came away with 3 podium placed medals and then went on to win a further 2 Silver medals in both Para-cycling World Cup races in Segovia and in Baie-Comeau.
In February 2012, Colbourne won his very first cycling Gold medal for Great Britain on the track in Los Angeles claiming his first World Para-cycling Championship title. Mark achieved these amazing results the very same week that he, unfortunately, lost his Dad to stomach cancer, showing his incredible mental strength. At the London 2012 Paralympic Games, Colbourne won the first medal for Team GB with his well-deserved Silver medal on the track in the 1km Individual Time Trial.
Mark Colbourne is an accomplished individual who after having to overcome adversity through a life-changing accident had a dream of one day becoming a Paralympic Gold medalist and never for one moment gave up pursuing his dream. Mark can link the lessons he has learnt through sport to improving any aspect of your life or business. In a world where the smallest margins are the difference between winning and losing.
I’m sure you’ll have detected, the audience were totally engrossed throughout your speech on Friday and I feel sure that they were, and will continue to be, inspired by your courage, determination, drive and undoubted talent. In the ten years of the Awards Dinner, there has only ever been one other standing ovation, but I can confidently say the one you received on Friday was borne out of respect and admiration for the journey that you made happen and which led to Gold at London 2012.
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