As a Paralympic Speaker and Paralympic cyclist, Mark Colbourne MBE has an inspirational story to tell of an active man who broke his back in 2009 – when he was 40 years old – in a near fatal accident while paragliding. Of course, this was a setback but just two years later he was on his way to winning medals galore at para-cycling events around the world. An inspirational figure who provides gripping speeches, Colbourne discusses a lot of vital topics such as dealing with setbacks.
His incredible attitude to life culminated in him taking part in the 2012 Paralympic Games in London and winning a gold medal in the Individual pursuit C1 and silvers in the Kilo and the 1km time trial C1-3 – breaking the world record in the qualification round and in the final.
Apart from his London Paralympics successes, 2012 saw Mark Colbourne win a 3km gold medal and a Kilo silver medal at the Para-cycling Track World Championships in Los Angeles, and time trial silver medals in the Para-cycling World Cup events in Italy and Spain (feats he replicated at the same events the following year). Also in 2012 – this time at the British Para-cycling Track Championships – the Olympic speaker won three gold medals. In one of the events, the Flying 200m sprint, Mark set a new world record. Having won an endless amount of gold medals, Mark is familiar with success and during his time as a speaker, he discusses the importance of peak performance and maximising success
Since then, Marc has been the Paralympic Ambassador for the Lee Valley Velo Park, a role that helps him to continue the legacy of London 2012 and “inspire the next generation and beyond”. And he has worked extensively with the national cycling charity CTC.
Mark Colbourne MBE is a truly breathtaking person with an inspirational life story. Having had major setbacks in his life, he has continued to make a change for the better and is considered one of the most inspiring Paralympians of all time.
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When speaking at events, Colbourne is known to discuss the following topics:
- Dealing with Setbacks
- Mental Resilience
- Overcoming Adversity
- Maximising Success
- Turning Dreams into Reality
- Peak Performance
Over the course of his career, Colbourne has earned the following achievements:
- One gold medal at the 2012 London Paralympic Games