Geoff from Shedfield near Southampton, became an inspiration to many when he undertook his 'Personal Everest' challenge, sailing solo 1,445 miles around Great Britain in 2007. In 2010 he went even further by completing his 'Personal Atlantic' challenge sailing 2,700 miles in a 60ft purpose-built catamaran named Impossible Dream.
Paralysed from the chest down after a swimming accident, Geoff has faced adversity, challenged limits and continues to encourage others to maintain a positive attitude no matter what obstacles lie ahead. A Disability Sport Ambassador, he is passionate about creating opportunities for others through his association with the charity Sailability and the Paralympics.
No Excuses " a voyage around Britain and through life, tells Geoff's story with humour and thoughtful insight, accompanied by great images and footage.
Geoff's continuing drive and determination are inspirational, said Professor Elizabeth Stuart, Senior Pro-Vice-Chancellor at the University of Winchester. He has played an active role in developing Paralympic Sailing. We're especially looking forward to welcoming him to campus in the run up to the London 2012 games.
Geoff Holt was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Winchester in 2010 and appeared as a special guest at the 31st Winchester Writers' Conference last summer, discussing his autobiography Walking on Water, published in 2008 by Seafarer Press.
No Excuses " a voyage around Britain and through life will take place at 6 for 6.30pm on Wednesday 14 March in the The Stripe at The University of Winchester, Sparkford Road, Winchester SO22 4NR. Refreshments will be available. The event is free but seat reservation is essential. For more information or to book a place please email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01962 827578.
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