Mark Inglis is an in-demand motivational and inspiring speaker.
Mark had a passion and love of the outdoors from childhood. He started work at Mt Cook as a trainee ranger but with his love of mountaineering, soon became one of the regions professional Search and Rescue Mountaineers. In November 1982, Mark and climbing partner Philip Doole became trapped near the summit of Mt Cook in a storm that was to last 13-and-a-half days. The resulting stay in the ice cave - now known as Middle Peak Hotel - resulted in both men almost losing their lives.
Mark was forced to change his career as a result of the loss of both his legs to frostbite. At the age of 25, he attended Lincoln University and graduated with a BSc Hons 1st Class degree in Biochemistry in 1989.
Following graduation, Mark worked as a Scientific Officer at the Christchurch School of Medicine from 1989 until 1992, developing molecular genetic techniques to aid in the diagnosis of leukaemias. He also conducted research into the cloning of the genes involved in Hodgkinsons Lymphoma and the origin of blood forming cells.
Wine had always fascinated Mark, so, on seeing an opportunity, he was able to join Montana's Marlborough winemaking team just prior to the 1992 vintage. The advertisement called for someone with an excellent science degree and a passion for wine and life experience, mirroring Mark perfectly.
September 2001 saw Mark in Europe to study winemaking in Champagne, Burgundy and Alsace. He spent October of 2001 in the UK and was occupied with extensive presentations to both the public and wine trade for Montana and the New Zealand Wine Institute. Mark went on to become the Senior Winemaker for Montana Wines in the South Island, responsible for wines such as Deutz Marlborough Cuvee and Lindauer.
Disabled Alpine Skier
In the sporting arena, Mark competed at national and international level in Disabled Alpine Skiing, gaining one gold, two silvers and two bronze medals in 1990, 1991 and 1996. Mark has competed at an international level in Disabled Road Cycling, first representing New Zealand at the World Championships in Colorado Springs 1998 and ranked ninth in the World.
Mark was named in the New Zealand team to the Southern Cross Multidisability Games in Sydney in October 1999 where he collected Bronze, Silver and Gold medals for his efforts. At the 2000 Sydney Paralympic Games, Mark rode to twelfth in the Road Race and a career highlight of Silver in the Kilo (1000m individual time trial), New Zealand's first ever Paralympic Cycling medal and the first medal awarded at those Olympics. He is a member of the Parafed Canterbury Elite Squad and the Paralympics NZ. A Squad and is graded a Level One Athlete by the New Zealand Sports Foundation.
Mountaineering again became a focus of his life - with Mark reaching the summit of Mt. Cook (3759m), New Zealand's highest mountain, on January 7, 2002 after a previous attempt was thwarted by damage to his stumps. The climb was as much a test for Mark's newly-designed technical climbing legs as a test of himself. The climb and its build-up were recorded and played as a documentary on TV1 in April of 2002. During the preparation for the climb the BBC filmed Mark as part of the Ray Mears Extreme Survival show for BBC2.
On the 27th of September 2004, Mark stood on the summit of Cho Oyu, at 8201m the world's sixth highest mountain, and looked directly across at Everest, only about 650m higher, and knew that what he was seeing was his next challenge. On May 16, 2006 Mark became the first double amputee to conquer Mt Everest. Mark completed his climb on two carbon-fibre artificial legs especially adapted for climbing. He snapped one of them early on in the climb but with the help of his climbing colleagues he was able to repair it and continue the ascent.
Mark is the author of five books No Mean Feat, Off the Front Foot, To The Max, Legs on Everest and High Tech Legs On Everest and was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to persons with disabilities at the Queen's Birthday Honour Awards in 2002.
Mark is the founding trustee for Limbs4All Charitable Trust, which is committed to helping some of the 400 million disabled people in the world to express their potential by supporting projects and individuals both within New Zealand and worldwide, and is also an ambassador for Outward Bound amongst various other projects and charities.
Mark has presented to over 200,000 people across the world, inspiring them to embrace challenge, to develop the attitude to excel. It is this combination of achievement in the face of seemingly overwhelming odds and his ability to interpret this to a wide range of people that resulted in the honour of being both a delegate and panellist at the UN partnered 2009 Global Creative Leadership Summit in New York, presenter at TEDx Chicago 2011 and guest lecturer for the Oxygen series in the UK, November 2011. These are an opportunity to share his experience and philosophy with world leaders.
Much of Mark's time is spent in India, consulting to the countries top executives, focusing on change, challenge and the role of attitude in business. Mark leads one to three treks to Nepal each year to raise funds and awareness for Limbs4All projects in Nepal and Cambodia.
Challenge and attitude is at the core of all growth, in our families, communities and businesses. Mark is the epitome of Challenge and Attitude. As the only double amputee who has stood on the summit of Mt Everest, who else can truly define the often used saying, 'Attitude determines your Altitude'.
Mark Inglis - Be an Optimalist
Mark delivered a down to earth and very touching speech. There was relevance to our company vision and values and something in his speech that everyone could take away. ... keep reading Arnotts
Mark inspired me and many of our Team members to feel the fear, get out of our comfort zone and complete the high wire activities on the afternoon of day one. I don't think we would have had the courage if it had not been for Mark's talk. He helped with the power of positive thinking.
Surpassed all expectations. All participants were enthralled and amazed at his exploits and his positive attitude. ... His presentation was very well aligned on values with our company and fitted with the message of focussing on what you can change and learning and moving forward.
"In fact it exceeded our expectations. Fantastic audience reaction, everyone was very impressed and inspired by Mark's presentation. It set the 'scene' for the conference very well. Very inspirational. It was 100% perfect. Mark was brilliant, both with the speech and his organisation of the wine tasting. It was also great to have him join us for dinner."
Mark was extremely professional and easy to deal with. He inspired the audience.
We’ve had a number of very good people present at conference over the years. Mark’s presentation at our April 2012 Conference in Queenstown, was a stand out. He enabled us to get an understanding of his journey and he involved our people in a way that I haven’t previously experienced. Mark is a remarkable person and I look forward to working with him again in the future.
"We were impressed with how Mark incorporated our event theme into his talk and the way he tied it back to our goals and objectives as a company. He was awe inspiring and had us all hanging on every word he said. Mark was a talking point for our delegates for a long time after he left. A truly amazing man, he had everyone spellbound. Choosing Mark to talk to us helped to make our event even more memorable for those who attended."
Mark has an amazing story and is a great storyteller. He is very nice to deal with and was more than happy to hang around with the clients for lunch afterwards which they really appreciated.
Mark was excellent, he could not have done a better job. He was an absolute hit with our delegates, scoring the highest of all the sessions in our conference feedback form. I was most impressed with how he seamlessly integrated our organisation’s new values into his presentation. This helped us to further introduce and reinforce these values, and really tied his presentation to the rest of the conference. Mark is a great guy and such a professional, as well as truly inspirational. In our feedback form, we collated scores and comments.
Mark was very well prepared, and incorporated the themes and key messages from the briefing conversation very well. He was an exceptional facilitator.
Mark was fantastic and really tailored his presentation to our brief. He was highly engaging and got a lot of positive feedback from the audience. He was very well organised, calling ahead prior to make sure we had everything we needed and arrived nice and early on the day.
Mark was interesting, motivating and engaging.