If you’re looking for an inspirational speaker to encourage people to pursue their passions and fulfill their physical and academic potential, look no further than David Reilly
David was born with cerebral palsy but has never let his physical disability prevent him from doing what he loves and making an array of stunning achievements. From excelling in the academic world to undertaking all manner of sporting and outdoors adventures, David is inspiration personified.
His enthusiasm for exploring the outdoors started in his youth with canoeing, camping and hillwalking expeditions with his family and the Scouts. This developed into paddling race canoes, being a Scout leader and, most notably, a passion for Munro-bagging (the practice of climbing mountains in Scotland over 3000 feet high), which saw him conquer 30 peaks during his university days.
Through his strength of mind and remarkable tenacity, he has earned a trial for the British Paralympic team, competed in para-cycling races and is a regular rider out on the roads of Edinburgh.Academically, David has smashed through barriers and expectations in a similarly impression fashion. Despite being labelled a slow learner in school (at one point being put into a class for children with a learning disability) and leaving school at 16, David has attained extensive academic success.Through remedial teaching, he acruired the necessary A Levels to earn a university place and his CV now boasts a BSc honours degree in Biotechnology, and an MSc in Cell and Molecular Biology.