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Speaking Business podcast

Each week Maria Franzoni, Speaker Bureau Director, invites one of her speakers to talk about their life, work, passions and leisure so that you can get to know the person who is the speaker behind the mic.

Jun 14, 2018

This week Maria’s guest on the show is Mark Pollock, an explorer, innovator, and collaborator. Even though he went blind in 1998, Mark has competed in ultra-endurance races and was the first blind person to race to the South Pole. He also won silver and bronze medals for rowing at the Commonwealth Games. In 2010, Mark was left paralyzed after falling from a second story window.  He is now exploring the frontiers of spinal cord injury recovery and is walking daily using bionic robotic legs. Through the Mark Pollock Trust he's on a mission to find a cure for paralysis. Mark is the subject of the acclaimed documentary Unbreakable. He's a Davos, Wired, EG and TED speaker and is the co-founder of the global running series called Run in the Dark.

Recorded on: 4th April 2018

Show Notes:

In this week’s show Mark talks about his incredible mission to find a cure for paralysis and why his drive for adventure took him to the South Pole and across the Gobi Desert. Mark shares his work with robotics is probably the most exciting thing he’s done since going to the South Pole.


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Significant quotes:

“I had a great desire, not simply to accept the status quo and the best practice, and the reality that there is no cure but rather to accept that life was worth living in a wheelchair and get on with life.” 

Next Week:

Join us next week when Maria’s guest is TV and radio comedian and bestselling author, Tony Hawks.