Marc was diagnosed with cancer at 17 and consequently had his left leg amputated below the knee. Not knowing whether he had six months or 60 years left to live, he was determined to make the most of whatever time he did have. Moreover, Marc has done just that – becoming a member of Great Britain’s Paralympic Swimming Team, a multiple Gold Medallist, BBC commentator and author. Woods’ distinctive, open style demonstrates his passion for life, translating into a moving and motivating experience for audiences.
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.
He subsequently competed at European & World Championships and Paralympic Games. In his 17 years of competition he won a staggering 12 Paralympic medals from 5 Games, 4 of those medals being gold. Marc also won a further 21 medals from European and World Championships.
Now retired from international swimming Marc has embarked on a series of new challenges. Having already trekked inNepal, EcuadorandPeru(the Inca Trail) he has begun to develop his mountaineering skills. To date he has climbed the world’s highest volcano, Cotopaxi in Ecuador; Mont Pelvoux part of the Massif des Ecrins in France and 22,200ft Mera Peak in Nepal.
Much of what Marc achieves would not be possible without the dedication and commitment of his friend and prosthetist Bob Watts
• An ambassador for London 2012 Olympics
• Member of the British Paralympic Advisory Panel for London 2012 Games
• Trustee of Teenage Cancer Trust
• Board Member of Youth Sports Trust
• Ambassador for CANSA (South Africa’s Cancer Charity)
• Patron of the Bone Cancer Research Trust
• BBC TV Commentator
• Awarded honorary Doctorate by Middlesex University
• Made a Freeman of the City of London
• Honorary Citizen of Pensacola – Florida
• Founding member of the British Athletes Council