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'It's ABILITY that Counts!' 9th Prestige Lecture with Mike Brace CBE

04 March 2012

The Rotary Club of Shepperton Aurora present their 9th Annual Prestige Lecture 'It's Ability that Counts!' with Mike Brace CBE.

Wednesday 28th March, 6.30pm
Halliford School, Shepperton
Tickets: £10
For more information: karen@limelight-marketing.co.uk

Mike Brace CBE

British Paralympic Association Honorary Vice President

Mike, who lives in Hornchurch, Essex, was blinded in a firework accident at the age of 10. But he didn’t let his disability get in the way of his passion for sport and over the last 50 years has taken part in more than 50 different sports, ranging from surfing to sailing and skiing to cricket.

His many sporting achievements include completing two London Marathons, two ski marathons and the 125-mile Devizes to Westminster Canoe Marathon.

He first represented Great Britain at cross-country skiing in the first Winter Paralympic Games in 1976, and he then went on to represent his country at three World Championships, six Paralympic Games and two European Championships.

He managed the GB cross-country ski team from 1988 to 1994, was Chef de Mission of the GB team at the 1998 Winter Paralympics in Nagano, Japan and was Head of Delegation at all of the
Paralympic Games from 2002 to 2008 including the last Games in Beijing which saw the most successful GB team ever.
Mike also Managed successful  athletics teams at European and World Championships, and was the Manager   of the first England Blind cricket team to take part in the inaugural World Cup in India.

Mike, who is Chief Executive of VISION 2020 UK, was elected Chairman of the British Paralympic Association in 2001 and retired as chairman in 2008. Whilst BPA Chairman  He was a member of the successful Olympic and Paralympic bid for 2012 and served on the main LOCOG board until 2009.  Mike is still a member of the LOCOG Diversity Board.

Mike is a Director of the UK Anti doping agency for sport a non executive Director of Nemesis (an IT company) and is a governor of the University of East London.,

He is also:

- a trustee of the Primary Club (a charity which provides sporting and recreational opportunities for children and young people with a vision impairment),

- Vice President of Metro Sports Club for the Blind (which he founded in 1972)

A trustee of the newly formed British Judo Foundation (providing grass roots opportunities for anyone interested in taking up judo)

- An advisor on the Lawn Tennis Foundation’s Tennis for the disabled advisory panel

- A Lord’s Taverner

He has raised more than £400,000 for primarily sporting charities, through after dinner speaking and he is undertaking one of his most ambitious sporting challenges to date by attempting to perform 10 sports, in 10 months to raise £10k for VISION 2020 UK.  His first book, ‘Where there’s a Will’ was published in 1981, the year that Mike featured on ‘This is Your Life’.
He was awarded an OBE in 2005 for services to sport and a CBE in 2009 also for services to sport.

© 2012 Karen Sutton