Mark Pollock gives inspiring and effective motivational presentations based on his life experiences. He is an example of innovation and resilience in action – how to pre-empt and respond positively to changing circumstances.
For the last decade, Mark Pollock has been racing in the world’s harshest environments. He has survived the sub-zero temperatures of Antarctica as he raced to the South Pole over 43 days. He suffered the scorching heat of the Gobi Desert, completing six marathons in one week in “The Race of No Return”. He has competed in races on the frozen Arctic Ocean at the North Pole, through the desert lowlands of the Syrian African Rift Valley to the Dead Sea and at altitude in the Himalayas.”
Mark lost his sight when his retinas detached aged just 22, at that stage a promising business and economics student at Trinity College and an international rower. A career in investment banking and life as he knew it quickly faded from view. Once over the shock of blindness, Mark was challenged to redefine his life framed by his new circumstances. He moved back to Dublin and resumed post-graduate study and rowing, winning two Commonwealth Games medals.
In July 2010, the challenge chose Mark. In a fall from a second story window, he broke his back and was left paralysed. Now Mark is a pioneer, exploring the frontiers of spinal cord injury recovery through aggressive physical therapy and robotic technology.
Mark understands human performance. He has used his hard-earned expertise to motivate and help people achieve more than they thought possible in more than 250 organisations worldwide. Acknowledged as an expert in smashing expectations, Red Bull UK’s Managing Director describes him as “awe-inspiring”. Head of SMB Sales says he “started a conversation about challenging conventional wisdom that is ongoing at Google”.