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Getting Started in D&I - Featuring Andy Barrow, Paralympian & Gold Medallist

The Diversity Committee with Young British Chamber were delighted to jointly host an evening reception and presentation for 3 times European gold medallist and former captain of Team GB in Wheelchair Rugby, Andy Barrow. Andy narrowly missed out on a place at the Sydney Paralympics which motivated him to dedicate himself to the life of a full-time athlete, and he made his international début at the World Championships in Gothenburg in 2002. His wheelchair rugby career encompassed three Paralympic Games, three World Championships, and five European Championships, where he was part of the record-breaking team that won three gold medals in a row. He captained Great Britain from 2005 to 2010, leading the team out at the Beijing Paralympics and participating in the 2012 Paralympic Games, the perfect opportunity for Andy to end his career on a high. He took the decision to make this his final tournament before retiring as an athlete to pursue a career as an inspirational speaker and mentor.
 
 
Our members and guests had the opportunity to hear insights from Andy’s life and how they can gain inspiration from his hard work, perseverance and triumph over adversity. An open Q&A was also held, where Andy answered questions and shared further insights to Diversity & Inclusion and how companies and organisations could further implement and emphasise its importance into their corporate culture. Discussions around Diversity & Inclusion have definitely grown, but many companies still find the execution of inclusion to be a challenge - perhaps stemming from an overall corporate culture that's still unconsciously adverse. The way to overcome this hurdle - More discussions. Create more awareness. The more it's discussed, the faster it becomes an accepted norm everywhere. 
 
 
We also launched our new diversity publication ‘Getting Started in D&I’, which contains insights into the EDI policies of organisations such as Barclays and the British Council. Attendees each received a copy of Getting Started in D&I, which was compiled with contributions from the companies represented in our Diversity Business Group Committee.”
 
 

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

 
 
In 1997, Andy was playing rugby when he suffered a spinal injury that left him paralysed from the chest down. He was aged just 17.
 
The following year, his life was transformed when he discovered wheelchair rugby or ‘murderball’. 
 
Making his debut in 2002, Andy’s career encompassed three Paralympic Games, three World Championships, and five European Championships, where he won three gold medals in a row.
 
He captained Great Britain from 2005 to 2010, and led the team out at the Beijing Paralympics.
 
Andy retired after the 2012 Paralympics and since then, has worked as an athlete mentor for the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust and Sporting Champions and has created and collaborated on several mentoring projects including his successful 3 Cs Challenge. 
 
Andy now speaks to corporate audiences about performance across the world where he specializes in creating bespoke itineraries for organisations.

 

Speakers (s):

Andy Barrow - Paralympian, gold medallist and former captain of the GB wheelchair rugby team

Date:
Wed, March 29, 2017
Time:
06:30 PM - 08:30 PM
Venue:
Central location - venue will be shared upon registration
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Speaker (s):

Andy Barrow - Paralympian, gold medallist and former captain of the GB wheelchair rugby team

Date:
Wed, March 29, 2017
Time:
06:30 PM - 08:30 PM
Venue:
Central location - venue will be shared upon registration

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