Inspirational speaker will highlight how to make the impossible, possible as part of a series of free public lectures

Simon Wheatcroft, storyteller, technologist and adventurer, is the next inspirational speaker to visit Chesterfield as part of Chesterfield College’s Sparks Series of free public lectures.

The lecture will be held at Chesterfield Library Theatre at 2pm on Wednesday 14 November. It will highlight how he made the impossible, possible and achieved some truly remarkable things.

Simon lost his sight at the age of 17 but didn’t want that to define what he was capable of achieving for the rest of his life. By cleverly making use of technology, Simon learned to navigate everyday life and to run outdoors with only a smartphone app and his remaining senses as a guide. Seven months later, he ran his first ever race – an incredible 100 miles long. Since then, he has gone on to compete in ultra-marathons in the Namibian desert.

He now works with leading technology companies, such as IBM and Google, to assist them to develop products which help others to go further than they ever imagined. He speaks at a range of conferences and events delivering talks on diversity, inclusion and technology.  By drawing on his own achievements, pushing boundaries he helps to motivate others to re-imagine what is possible.

When we asked Simon why he wanted to take part in the Sparks Series he said:

“Inspiring people to keep pushing to break physical and mental barriers is really important to me so it is wonderful that I can be part of the Sparks Series. I know there will be people in the audience who could be the next generation of technology experts or sports scientists. I hope I can give them an insight into how much their passion for a subject and the way that they apply their studies could have such a positive impact on people in the future.”

How to book

Tickets for the Sparks Series are free but booking is essential to secure a place.  Places can be booked online here  or by calling 01246 500500 ext.1743.


Published by Lisa On 8th November 2018

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