Yachtsman, Speaker, Disability Business & Sports Ambassador.
Geoff Holt is a record-setting yachtsman and an award-winning entrepreneur. Geoff entered the history books in 2007 when he sailed solo around Great Britain conquering what Geoff called his personal Everest. Paralysed from the neck down in an accident at the age of 18, Geoffs sailing achievement was highly acclaimed. He continues to challenge what seems impossible. In 2010, Geoff became the first quadriplegic to sail unassisted across the Atlantic a voyage of 3,000 miles.
Recognition of Geoffs achievements came swiftly including being voted BBC South Sports Personality of the Year (2007). Geoff received a British Airways Great Briton Award and the RYA Francis Elkin Award (2009); an MBE for services to disabled sailing (2010), and the coveted YJA Pantaenius Yachtsman of the Year (2011) an award that Geoff considers the Knighthood of Yachting. Geoff's entrepreneurial skill was recognized in winning the prestigious Stelios Award for Disabled Entrepreneurs in the UK in 2015. Geoff is CEO of Wetwheels a company that provides boating opportunities for people of all ages and ability on fully accessible boats. In 2017, Geoff won a Global Award for Philanthropy.
Geoffs marketing background and his recent success as an entrepreneur ensures his business messages are rooted in his experiences both on and off the water a powerful combination. Founded and run by Geoff, Wetwheels is a Community Interest Company (CIC) that operates fully accessible boats to provide boating opportunities for all. The company offers disabled clients educational and mentoring programmes along with sporting and recreational trips on the sea.
Geoff has a very inspirational view of life, sport and business and the opportunities they hold. His positive outlook is infectious and it comes across strongly in every speaking engagement.