Like many Paralympians, Mark Colbourne’s story is a tale of impressive determination and dedication. After suffering an injury in a paragliding accident in May 2009, Colbourne came back from the incident strongly, winning Silver and Gold in the London 2012 Paralympic Games. Mark Colbourne, entertainment personality, is available for bookings through celebrity talent agency, MN2S.
Colbourne’s successful performance at the London 2012 Games included two medals. He won Britain’s first medal of the whole tournament with silver in the C1-3 1km time trial on 30 August 2012 and went on to win gold in the C1 3km individual pursuit the day after, having broken the world record in both the qualification round and the final.
Born in 1969 in Tredegar, Monmouthshire in Wales, he played volleyball for Wales between 1990 and 1993. In 2009, Colbourne was forced into making an emergency landing while paragliding, resulting in him falling 35 feet and breaking his back.
Not to be discouraged, Colbourne put himself straight back into physical activity as soon as possible after the accident, pursuing cycling through the organization, Disability Sport Wales, and now competes in the C1 category for those on upright bikes with the most severe conditions. Powering his way through the sport, he made his debut race in May 2010 at the Wales Grand Prix.
His early successes came in 2011 with a haul of medals in his first UCI Para-Cycling World Cup, taking bronze in Segovia, Spain, silver in Baie-Comeau, Canada, and a first UCI Para-Cycling World Championships medal in 2011, in Roskilde Denmark. The following year, Colbourne ascended to the top of the sport, clinching gold in the C1 3km individual pursuit event at the 2012 UCI Para-Cycling Championships in Los Angeles, as well as taking silver in the 1km time trial.
Following his remarkable successes at London 2012, he deservedly featured on the 2013 New Year honors list, for his services to cycling and received his MBE. His story of success shows remarkable talent and makes him a fascinating choice to book as a celebrity after dinner speaker, chronicling his inspirational journey.
Colbourne has spoken about his ascent to the top of para-cycling, thanking those who helped him through rehabilitation to become a fantastic athlete. He is grateful foremost to those at Disability Sport Wales who helped in the crucial first stages of his recovery, undergoing five months of grueling physiotherapy just to learn to walk again.
With a broken back and lower leg paralysis, the journey was a tough one, but Colbourne forced his way back into the sport and competed in the Welsh indoor adaptive rowing championships. He has spoken of the worrying uncertainty surrounding his early rehabilitation, struggling through physiotherapy and walking frames to become the celebrity sporting talent he is today.
Since his retirement in August 2013, Colbourne has worked hard inspiring many by speaking about his monumental recovery and athletic achievements to audiences at all kinds of private and corporate events worldwide. If you would like to share in the impressive story of Colbourne’s success, please get in touch with a booking agent at London-based MN2S Talent Agency.