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London 2012 Paracyclist Gold Medalist To Speak In Belfast

2012 Paralympic gold medalist, Mark Colbourne is set to inspire the local business community when he speaks at an exclusive event in Belfast later this week.

During his only visit to Belfast on Saturday, 13 October, the para – cyclist hopes to inspire a generation, not only in life but also in business.  In a world where the smallest margins make the difference between winning and losing, Mark uses his unique experience to explain what it takes to push your business in order to achieve your goals.  The former sales and management consultant will share how life, as he knew it, changed forever at 40 when an accident set him on a journey to hell and back, but ultimately led him to win a gold medal at London 2012.

Mark Colbourne rose to fame when he won a gold medal and two silver medals at the Paralympic Games.  Whilst his achievements at the Games are remarkable, what is more inspiring is the story of his road to London 2012.  In May 2009, Mark survived a paragliding accident in South Wales but was left with a broken back and severe lower leg paralysis from the accident. He lay for four months, unable to move, not knowing if he would ever walk again. However, just three years later and aged 43, he went on to compete in his first Paralympic Games, win gold and set a new world record along the way.

The road to success has not been an easy one as following his near fatal accident in 2009, Mark underwent five months of grueling physiotherapy just to learn to walk again. With a natural passion for all things sport, and as part of his treatment and rehabilitation, he went on to compete in the Welsh Indoor Adaptive Rowing Championships. In September 2009 he set himself a target of competing in his first para-cycling event and went on to win two gold medals at the Wales Grand Prix in Newport. His remarkable commitment saw him become a guest rider for the GB para-cycling team, before joining the squad last year. Now Mark has been hailed a great role model after he set a new world record to win Wales its first ever gold medal at the Paralympic Games.

Commenting ahead of Mark’s visit this weekend, event organiser, Marie Reynolds said:

“Mark Colbourne is a truly inspiring person, not only in respect of the challenges that he has faced and his ability to overcome them, but also by becoming one of the world’s top athletes.  His story is fascinating and one that we believe people and businesses will be inspired by in their day to day lives.  This is a unique opportunity to be inspired by an outstanding athlete, a wonderful individual and his remarkable story.”

The event takes place at 10am on Saturday, 13th October at the Ramada Hotel at Shaw’s Bridge, Belfast. Admission is free but booking and tickets are essential as seats are limited. Tickets may be reserved by contacting Marie or Stephen Reynolds on 07970905839 or 07710909000. Alternatively you can e-mail mariebreynolds@gmail.com.

For further information please contact Marie or Stephen Reynolds on 07970905839 / 07710909000 or email:    mariebreynolds@gmail.com



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