Geoff Holt MBE


Geoff Holt MBE

When people hear the story of Geoff Holt’s life and his incredible achievements, they are genuinely inspired. This highly motivational speaker relates how he did what he did against seemingly insurmountable odds to become a bona fide legend in the world of sailing and beyond.

Most biographies of Geoff’s will lead with the fact that he was paralysed from the chest down after a swimming accident when he was just 18 years old. But it is what Geoff did afterwards that is the truly inspiring story.

Geoff became the first quadriplegic yachtsman to sail solo around Britain and across the Atlantic. Even more impressive, however, is that he did the initial challenge – covering nearly 1,500 miles – in a 4.5m long dinghy.

A highly popular motivational speaker, Geoff Holt is a regular columnist for such publications as Yachts & Yachting and All At Sea, co-presents a sailing show on BBC Radio Solent, and has featured in such TV documentaries as Geoff’s Atlantic Adventure and Able Seaman.

Author of the book Walking On Water, Geoff is able to inspire and motivate people with his talks that show how whatever challenges are thrown at you they can be overcome. And not only overcome – for most people in his position that would be just managing to be mobile and get through life – but excelling beyond anything that would normally be seen as a limitation or boundary.

To book Geoff Holt as the speaker at your event, contact Champions Motivational Speakers by completing the online form or calling +44 1509 85 29 27.

  • Motivational Speaker
  • Overcoming Adversity
  • Drive & Determination
  • Realising Ambitions
  • Sailing & Nautical World

‘The conference went well and was hugely enriched by your presence and wonderful presentation. Throughout my (long!) career, I have run many events and had to evaluate them and their impact. Never before have I recorded a 100% ‘excellent’ for the keynote speaker. ‘The place is buzzing today with people sharing their response/feelings to what you had to say. The words ‘Inspirational’ ‘motivating’ ‘emotional’ have been used over and over in the evaluation forms along with comments as to how staff will now respond to the challenges that they face.’  – ShropshireNHS PCT

‘Geoff’s talk was impressive and entertaining. He is truly an inspiration.’ ‘Geoff’s speech was absolutely excellent. It’s not often in life that you get an opportunity to listen to such an inspiring individual.’ – Business Networking Event: Chiswick Park

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