Conference 2017 - Liam Malone
Liam Malone is the world number one in the sport of Bladerunning. In 2014 he turned his life around after hitting rock bottom while at university. He went onto win two gold medals and a silver medal at the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games. He also broke the previous Paralympic records held by Oscar Pistorius. His times on the track make him New Zealand’s second fastest 400m sprinter ever – legs or not.
Liam was born without fibular bones. This resulted in both of his feet being amputated when he was 18 months old. Liam enjoys arguing against the notion that he is disabled both figuratively and through his actions.
At the age of 12 his mother was diagnosed with stage 3 bowel cancer. She battled the disease for 6 years before passing away when Liam was 18.
Liam studied at the University of Victoria while training for the Paralympic games. Liam finished his studies in 2016 gaining a Bachelor of Commerce degree majoring in Marketing and International Business.
Liam’s awards include the New Zealand Order of Merit, Disabled Sportsperson of the Year at the 54th Halberg Awards, the Key to the City of Nelson, M2 New Zealand man of the year and winner of the Sovereign Insurance ‘Make a Difference’ start up competition in 2015.
Although a professional athlete, Liam insists his real interests lie outside the world of sport. He has a passion for technology, innovation, business and start-up’s. He also has his eye on the entertainment industry and will look to create a career in acting over the next decade.
Liam is a dynamic and passionate presenter – who can cater his story and experiences so they are relevant for business keynotes to school presentations to after dinner entertaining addresses.
Liam thrives on talking about adversity, achieving your dreams, challenge and technology.