Former event horserider, Claire Lomas became paraplegic in 2007 as the result of a freak riding accident. She has since become one of the most inspirational sports personalities, having fundraised over £500,000 and for finishing the London Marathon in 17 days using the ReWalk robotic suit.
Claire re-wore the suit when she had the honour of lighting the Paralympic cauldron in Trafalgar Square and used it to complete the Great North Run, walking the course in 5 days, and all while 16-weeks pregnant!
Claire talks about the gradual process of turning her situation around, recounts the split second that changed her life and candidly describes the darkest times. This, combined with her amazing sense of humour that has helped her get through the toughest moments caused by her injury is truly what makes Claire a remarkable person.
Claire shares how the five best days of her life have all been after her devastating injury. She describes the turning point which was when she stopped thinking of everything she could no longer do, and instead the many things she could still do. Claire challenges her audience to raise their sights, make their own luck by taking opportunities and be the best they can be.
She has demonstrated the robotic suit at national events and is pursuing her newly discovered passion – motorbike racing!
People leave the room believing in themselves, inspired and hugely motivated. When faced with challenges in their own lives, Claire’s words stick in their mind “Whether you believe you can or whether you believe you can’t - you are right”.
What the Clients say:
'It was a pleasure having Claire Lomas at FutureFest; her talk was great and a highlight for many people. Claire's story is inspirational and her use of innovative technology and ambitious spirit made for a wonderful addition to the festival.'
Josh McNorton, Festival Manager, FutureFest