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Seaford welcomes Mark Ormrod, the UK’s first triple amputee to survive the Afghanistan conflict.
In the early hours of Christmas Eve 2007, Marine Mark Ormrod was out on a routine foot patrol in Helmand Province when he stepped on and triggered an Improvised Explosive Device planted by the Taliban. Thanks to the swift action of the people around him and the intervention of the Medical Emergency Response Team he survived but also became the UK’s first triple amputee to survive the Afghanistan conflict.
Doctors told him that he’d never walk again and that he should prepare himself for the rest of his life in a wheelchair. Instead of bitterly withdrawing in a state of anger and depression fueled by regret for the decision to join the Marines, he used his set back as a springboard for growth and reinvention.
Mark Ormrod has now become an internationally acclaimed motivational speaker, a peak performance coach, and the author of the award-winning auto-biography Man Down. Mark won two silver medals in rowing and two bronze medals in swimming at the 2017 Invictus Games in Toronto. He has not used a wheelchair since June 2009.
Mark Ormrod’s torso has been rendered in marble by artist Ben Dearnley in a sculpture called Undefeated. Seaford College is honoured to have been asked to look after this inspiring piece of art until it is relocated to the Royal Marines Museum, which is at present being rebuilt in the Historic Dockyard in Portsmouth.
Major Andrew Plewes, Seaford's Contingent Commander CCF said: "We are delighted that Mark will be visiting the school on Wednesday 4th March 2020 to tell his story, and talk about resilience in general, which I would commend to everyone."
In Mark's own words: “Do I consider myself a legend? Not really, I’m just a bottom of the rung regular bloke from Plymouth, who had a few issues in his life, but cracked on with things instead of whinging about it.”
- Mark Ormrod