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"I love to read and listen to inspirational stories, but sometimes it is difficult to apply any of their content to your own life. In writing Personal Best I wanted to share my life experiences, to relate how I dealt with, and overcame, the different challenges that I faced and then went on to achieve success. But, more importantly, I wanted to do it in a way that might be useful to others.


Marc winning a trophy whilst in the midst of chemotherapyHis 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.

New Challenges

Now retired from international swimming Marc has embarked on a series of new challenges. Having already trekked in Nepal, Ecuador and Peru (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.

Climbing in the Himalayas
Much of what Marc achieves would not be possible without the dedication and commitment of his friend and prosthetist Bob Watts. Click here to see the work that Bob undertakes at Dorset Orthopaedic:

Further information

• 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




The Gold medal winning team from Sydney

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