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Mark Hunter MBE

Olympic Rower 2008, Beijing Gold Medalist

Mark Hunter MBE was selected in the lightweight men's double scull for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games and won the gold medal. After a long career as a leading lightweight rower Mark found real success in 2007. He raced the season in the double with Zac Purchase medalling at each World Cup with two silvers and a bronze. The duo then capped a great season with a bronze at the 2007 World Championships in Munich. In the 2008 World Cup series he raced in the lightweight double winning three golds. After a year off in 2009, they took Gold at the 2010 World Championships at Lake Karapiro in New Zealand.

"You can come from a normal working-class family and still succeed"

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In detail

Mark started rowing aged 14, having played county football, swum and tried various martial arts before deciding to direct all his time and effort into rowing. If life had taken a different turn, Mark Hunter would now be plying his trade on the River Thames as a licensed waterman and lighterman - an ancient profession to which he was apprenticed for six years before gaining the Freeman of the Thames qualification to skipper passenger and freight boats on London's waterway. During his year off after the 2008 Olympics, he was an Assistant Coach of UCLA Women's rowing program.

What he offers you

As an Olympic Gold medallist, he brings with him a story of success but, more importantly, Mark Hunter is a consummate professional, shown by the necessary brutal diet he has to stick to in order to attain the five per cent body fat (akin to professional road cyclists). His presentations illustrate the devotion necessary to achieve the goal of Olympic Gold, which has proved to impress, inspire and motivate his wide-ranging audiences. Sacrifice, failure, hard work and determination all contribute to Mark's remarkable story.

How he presents

The personification of sheer determination, Mark delivers fascinating presentations that energize and motivate his captivated audiences. He includes anecdotes about his experiences, the national anthem, the flag, culminating in his dream come true.


He presents in English.

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  • Olympic Gold
  • London 2012
  • Achieving Success

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