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Who is Marc Woods? More on Channel 4's Paralympics commentator

Joshua Rogers August 24, 2021
Who is Marc Woods? More on Channel 4's Paralympics commentator
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Swimmer Marc Woods is part of Channel 4’s incredible line-up for the delayed 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. Woods is a seriously impressive individual, who has had as much success after retiring as he did in the pool.

Who is Marc Woods

Marc Woods is part of Channel 4’s commentary team at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics.

Woods is a former Paralympian swimmer who won an incredible 12 Paralympic medals from five Games, including four golds.

Super. Human. | Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games Trailer

Super. Human. | Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games Trailer

Marc was diagnosed with cancer at 17 and had his left leg amputated below the knee.

He took to the pool as part of his rehabilitation programme.

Within a year, he was swimming faster times with one leg than he previously had with two, and just 18 months after he finished his chemotherapy he was selected to represent Great Britain.

As well as his Paralympic medals, he won 21 from World and European Championships.

Woods has held world records for 200m, 400m, 1,500m Freestyle, as well as being part of the team that held the world record for 4 x 100m Freestyle.

Life after competing

Since retiring from swimming in 2004, Marc Woods has worked for the BBC and Channel 4 at the Paralympic Games in Beijing, London, Rio and now Tokyo.

He is also an established and respected motivational speaker on leadership, teamwork, and communication.

Marc also co-founded leadership advisory business Equiida and spends time working with organisations around the world as an executive coach.

He has also taken on a variety of personal challenges.

He has trekked in Nepal, Ecuador and Peru (the Inca Trail), honing his mountaineering skills.

To date he has climbed the world’s highest volcano, Cotopaxi in Ecuador; Mont Pelvoux, part of the Massif des Ecrins in France; and 22,200ft Mera Peak in Nepal.

Marc Woods on social media

You can find out more about Marc Woods on Twitter @Marc__Woods.

He also has his own website ( where you can find out more details on what he gets up to.

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Joshua is a senior sports writer with over four years' experience in online writing. He graduated with a BA in Ancient History from The University of Manchester before receiving an MA in Sports Journalism from The University of Central Lancashire. He became a trending writer for a leading social publisher and later spent time covering the 2018 World Cup for The Mirror Online. He then moved to a social marketing agency where he acted as website editor. His specialties on The Focus include F1, tennis, NBA, NFL and combat sports.