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Michael McGrath

Michael McGrath made history in January 2004 by becoming the only disabled person in the world to have reached both the North and South Poles ~ by any standards, an extraordinary example of determination, courage and singular achievement.
He is first and foremost a father to his daughter and husband to his wife, also his business partner. At the age of 12yrs, Michael McGrath wanted to be a professional golfer. At 14yrs, he was invited to play at Junior Wimbledon. At 15yrs, he dreamt of becoming the General Manager of the Savoy Hotel in London.

At 16yrs, he was a keen rugby player at Stonyhurst College (a flanker by trade!), an independent Catholic boarding school founded in 1593 (guided by Jesuit principles), whose motto "Quant Je Puis" (As Much As I Can) is central to Michael McGrath’s own Reach Beyond ethos and Can-Do spirit. At 18yrs, he was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy, a muscle wasting disease that remains the single biggest genetic killer of children on the planet ~ in that moment, Michael’s life instantly changed forever.

When not speaking or consulting with the bureau, McGrath is raising vital funds and awareness to support the important work of The Muscular Help Foundation (musclehelp.com), a UK registered charity based near London that helps children and young people in the UK with muscular dystrophy via its Muscle Dreams programme, live a dream or fulfil a cherished ambition.

In January 2004, McGrath returned from Antarctica, having successfully led his team to the South Pole. In doing so, he made history by becoming the only disabled person in the world to have reached both North and South Poles – he reached the North Pole in April 2002. Inspirational leadership, trust, a strong sense of self-belief, teamwork and absolute confidence were critical success factors, this is why he is now part of the speakers bureau. Michael received global support and endorsements from business entrepreneurs, actors, media presenters, sports personalities and adventurers such as Kenneth Branagh, Lorraine Kelly of GMTV, Michael Palin, Jon Snow of Channel 4 News.

In recognising and valuing difference, Michael's inspirational efforts were included in The Queen’s 2004 Christmas Day broadcast from Buckingham Palace that reinforced the importance of diversity as a strength and a year later, he received the prestigious 2005 Business Traveller of the Year Award presented to him by Kate Adie in Dubai.

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