Testimonials

Paula Craigie, Head of Infant School Tanglin Trust International School

We thoroughly enjoyed welcoming Andy back and feel he is an inspiration to our children.

His personal story makes it so very real but it is his description of how he turned this terrible situation into a positive that has true impact.

He tailors every presentation and workshop to meet the needs of even very young children and it is his openness to answering their questions that is also particularly powerful. Thank you for showing Tanglin Trust School children what being a risk taker really is and for being the absolute definition of resilient!

We look forward to welcoming both Andy and Alison back soon.

Ben Hart, partner, Atmosphere Business Transformation Consulting

Robbie McRobbie, CEO, Hong Kong Rugby Union

Andy was one of our “Sevens Ambassadors” for the 2017 Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens, alongside the likes of Jean de Villiers, Waisele Serevi, Gordon D’Arcy and Ben Gollings.

He spent a full week with us, helping to launch our first “Tackling Barriers Through Sport” campaign, which was a collaborative effort between our HKRU Community Foundation and Laureus to highlight the power of sport to help address issues such as overcoming adversity, social inclusion and youth crime. Andy led a practical wheelchair rugby session for local Paralympic athletes, and then spoke very powerfully at a workshop session for 100 invited guests.

Over the Sevens Tournament Andy helped with corporate hospitality and speaking engagements, and as always was engaging and a great personality to have as part of our team. After the Sevens, Andy gave a motivational talk to the HKRU staff plus invited guests, and it was obvious that Andy’s story and words had a profound effect on the audience.

Throughout their time with us Andy, and his wife Alison who assisted greatly with social media content, were consummate professionals in all they did, and an absolute pleasure to work with. We look forward to welcoming them both back to Hong Kong soon!

Tim Hollingsworth, CEO, ParalympicsGB (British Paralympic Association)

I’ve known Andy for several years now as he was one of the great Wheelchair Rugby players for ParalympicsGB, including at London 2012. Since then he has worked to translate what he learned on court into a compelling story off it.

As a former athlete Andy has a great story to tell, but he is at his most passionate and insightful in connecting that experience to everyday life and the challenges we all face. His ability to questions perceptions of disability and focus on what is possible rather than what is not is powerful and marks him out as a speaker.

I saw that first hand when we shared a stage at a British Chamber of Commerce Japan Event in Tokyo. We were both there to help promote and inspire interest in the Paralympics and the Games in 2020. Andy was excellent at connecting those Games to a wider agenda for change in Japan and in each and every one of the individuals in the audience.

Paul Madden CMG FRGS, British Ambassador to Japan

Roslyn McConnell, Director of Sport, Regents International School, Thailand

Mark Venn-Dunn, Head of Boarding, ACS Cobham International School

Andy was the guest speaker at our recent formal Annual International Meal. His speech inspired students and staff from over 40 countries.

Andy shared his story of a very personal accident. He made it relevant to each individual in the audience and shared with us how he overcame challenges and succeeded. His speech was short, sharp and very clear. He did not dwell on his many incredible successes as an athlete, but on the keys to success which he made relevant to each and everyone of us. Our students left feeling inspired and more determined to meet their own challenges. Our staff found the speech hugely engaging and likely to repeat what they had heard to other audiences!

After the meal Andy stayed for a few hours. He spoke to our students in small, informal groups around the boarding house. He was humble about his own successes, celebrated those of our students and was engaging throughout. I feel that I have personally gained a great deal from listening to Andy and speaking to hm for a short time. I would happily invite him to our school again in the future and recommend him highly.

Jon Darby, Managing Director, Secure Health

Jo Emmerson, Education Works Programme Director, ELBA

I have been working with Andy Barrow, in my role as Programme Director for Education Works in East London. A talented and inspirational facilitator, Andy has developed ‘The 3 Cs programme’ working with some of the more challenging young people within our schools’ programmes. This programme allows us to provide activities that raise the aspiration of young people with Special Education Needs (SEN), who, like us, are inspired and motivated by Andy himself, as a facilitator and as a role model. Each of Andy’s ‘3 Cs’ sessions are tailored so that students’ professional outlook is transformed over the course of the programme. Simple icebreakers, individual and team activities (which push the group out of their comfort zone), and lots of visual aids make for an amazing student experience.

We were delighted that recently Andy agreed to be our key speaker at the recent Mentoring Works 20 Years event, where our guests enjoyed hearing his own story of success.

Personally, I enjoy working with Andy and have huge admiration for the work he is trying to do in educating and inspiring young people on overcoming adversity. He is creative, energetic, innovative and passionate in his work, I have learnt from him myself and believe others will benefit from working him.

Marcus Winsley, Director for Trade and Investment, British Embassy Thailand

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