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5 speakers 15 minutes each
Wed 17th Sep 2014
RGS * Can And Will * Land Rover
Mike Goody is a former Aircraftsman who served in the RAF. He was injured when his patrol was hit by an IED and the blast led to him losing part of his left leg below the knee and caused hearing loss on his left side. Mike also suffered a brain injury and has been diagnosed with PTSD. Since being injured, sport has been a big part of his recovery process. In 2009, Mike swam the Channel as part of a three man wounded team and competed in the swimming leg of the 2011 Bolton Iron Man and both the marathon and swimming sections of the 2012 Iron Man. In 2010 Mike attended the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Inspiration Programme and in 2012 through Help for Heroes, Mike took part in the London 2012 Paralympics Closing Ceremony.
Mick Ebeling is the founder and CEO of Not Impossible, an organization that develops creative solutions to real-world problems. Inspired by an article he’d read, Ebeling flew to Sudan to 3D-print and fit prosthetic limbs for children of the war-torn region, then left the equipment behind with locals he’d trained who continued after he left, thus establishing the world’s first 3D printing prosthetic lab and training facility. Mick’s Not Impossible endeavors came to prominence with the Eyewriter: a DIY, open-source, low-cost device that enables individuals with paralysis to communicate and create art using only the movement of their eyes.
Sir Ranulph Fiennes was, with Charles Burton, the first man to reach both poles by surface travel and, with Mike Stroud, the first to cross the Antarctic Continent unsupported. In the 1960s he was removed from the SAS Regiment for misuse of explosives but, joining the army of the Sultan of Oman, received that country's Bravery Medal on active service in 1971. He is the only person yet to have been awarded two clasps to the Polar medal for both Antarctic and the Arctic regions. Fiennes has led over 30 expeditions including the first polar circumnavigation of the Earth. In 1993 the Queen awarded Fiennes the Order of the British Empire (OBE) because, on the way to breaking records, he has raised over £16 million for charity. In 2009 he became the oldest Briton to reach the summit of Everest.