Triple Amputee Mark Ormrod MBE Takes Gold at WOWSA Awards for Para Performance of the Year
Triple amputee Mark Ormrod MBE is the winner in the Para Performance of the Year category at the WOWSA Awards. This exceptional athlete and philanthropic icon has demonstrated his remarkable fortitude, tenacity, and kindness.
At 39 years old, Ormrod completed a 1 km swim in an awe-inspiring 35 minutes and 48 seconds in Plymouth, using only one arm.. This impressive athletic achievement not only showcased his strength, but he has also raised over £600,000 for REORG, a charity that supports individuals from the armed forces and emergency services who are struggling with physical and psychological trauma, reflecting Ormrod’s unwavering dedication to giving back to the community.
Ormrod’s journey is a story of resilience. In 2007, while serving in Afghanistan, he triggered an explosive device during a routine foot patrol, resulting in him becoming the United Kingdom’s first triple amputee to survive the conflict. Despite his disabilities, Ormrod has become a successful athlete, author, and motivational speaker, inspiring others with his perseverance and determination.
The WOWSA Awards are a yearly celebration of excellence in open water swimming, recognizing individuals and achievements that embody the spirit of the sport and make a positive impact on the community. Out of 143 nominations and 10 finalists from 23 different countries, Mark Ormrod was selected for his remarkable feat and his impact on the community through his charitable efforts.
More than 11,400 public votes were cast, with a 75% weighting from the WOWSA Academy and 25% from the general public, to determine the winners in each category.
Mark Ormrod MBE’s journey is a demonstration of the qualities of perseverance, determination, and kindness. He continues to be a source of inspiration to people around the world with his bravery and zest for life, and receiving the WOWSA Para Performance of the Year Award is just one recognition of his numerous achievements.
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