TOP ATHLETE SET TO HELP ABERDEEN CITY & SHIRE BUSINESSES GO FOR GOLD
One of the UK’s leading Paralympic athletes will visit Aberdeen on June 30th to highlight just what it takes to overcome adversity and achieve a gold medal.
Double amputee Richard Whitehead will take time out of his Rio 2016 Paralympic training schedule to speak with 70 local entrepreneurs at the free event organised by Business Gateway Aberdeen City & Shire.
During his time at Elevator’s Centre for Entrepreneurship, in Exploration Drive, the 39-year-old will highlight just what it takes to complete 40 marathons in 40 days, achieve a 2.42.52 marathon time and win a gold medal at the London Paralympics, all with no legs below the knee.
Networking opportunities will be available before and after Richard’s masterclass, which runs from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Andrew Burnett, Operations Director, Business Gateway said: “This is a unique opportunity for business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs based throughout the North East to listen to one of the world’s best sprinters and marathon runners.
“Richard has overcome significant challenges in his road to athletic prominence, and we hope his story will not only inspire and motivate but also highlight that entrepreneurs can achieve greatness in their daily lives if they believe in their own abilities.
“We would encourage anyone looking to overcome their own business and life challenges to book a space at this free event so they can put in place some of the principles they will learn from Richard on the day to achieve success.”
Having been inspired to get involved in athletics after watching a documentary about Terry Fox, the Canadian amputee marathon runner, Richard, who is based in the North East of England, knows first-hand how important motivation is, and how difficult it can be to maintain.
He said: “I’m looking forward to meeting everybody and speaking at the Business Gateway masterclass. It’s always a pleasure to be in the company of leaders and achievers. Hopefully, my journey will help highlight that people can achieve their goals in life if they put their mind to it, work hard and believe in themselves.”