On Christmas Eve 2007 Mark was on a routine patrol
when he stepped on an Afghan mine, becoming the conflict’s first triple
amputee. At the brink of despair after being told he’d never walk again, his ‘Marine’s
ego’ kicked in and he conquered his new bionic legs. In an extraordinarily
uplifting speech, Mark proudly explains he doesn’t need a wheelchair: “Choose
who you listen to, as some won’t believe you can achieve what you want.” 2014
sees him climb Ben Nevis.
Mark Ormrod served for ten years as a Royal Marine, in
both Iraq and Afghanistan. While on manoeuvres in Helmand Province he was
caught in a landmine explosion and lost both legs and one arm. In an
extraordinary demonstration that life can go on even after tragedy, he’s since
completed The Gumpathon, a four-man run across America inspired by Forrest
Mark defied expectations at every turn of his
rehabilitation. After initially being told he’d never walk again, he first set
his sights on standing to receive his campaign medal. The next goal was to walk
down aisle with his fiancée (to whom he had proposed in a moment of
consciousness in intensive care). Having achieved those dreams Mark found new
challenges, from the mundane like driving a non-adapted car, to the
extraordinary like skydiving and hand-cycling 3,000 miles around the UK in a
single month. He also carried the Olympic torch.
In a compelling tale of survival against the odds,
thanks to his own grit and determination, Mark tells of horrific injuries and
remarkable recovery. He explains how, at the very brink of despair, his
‘Marine’s ego’ kicked in and he conquered his new bionic legs. In an authentic
and uplifting presentation, he proudly describes the journey – and how he now
hasn’t needed a wheelchair for more than three years.
Mark has written an account of his experiences in Man
Down. He works for the Royal Marines Association, raising money for veterans,
the injured and bereaved families. He’s also looking to his next challenge:
swimming the English Channel!
When Speaking Minds was founded in 2007 in New Zealand, little did we envisage that this would grow into an international brand with offices in India and London in less than a decade. We set up the business to share what we had learnt, from the privileges we have had in our jobs – of access to knowledge.
Bringing India to the rest of the world was our driving force.
The dna of our business is genuinely about sharing knowledge with the
world, from thought leaders and experts who are notable achievers in
their field. Raga D'silva quit her highly successful corporate career in
New Zealand in 2007, to set up a dream business of connecting
knowledge, insights, motivation from exceptional talent with the
corporate world, globally.