Belfast Telegraph

Friday 31 October 2014

Inspirational athlete honoured

Adventure athlete, rower and author Mark Pollock is among those being honoured at Queen’s University today.

Mark (36) lost his sight 14 years ago and almost died in 2010 falling out of a two storey window while sleep walking.

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Before breaking his spine the Co Down man had won two Commonwealth rowing medals, completed six back-to-back marathons in the Gobi desert and become the first blind person to trek to the South Pole in January 2009.

Mark has competed against professional explorers like Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Olympic gold medalists and elite Army personnel.

He will today receive a Doctorate for his services to the community. Norma Sinte, director of Development and Alumni Relations at Queen’s, who will deliver Mark Pollock’s citation said: “By Mark’s example he continues to give hope and determination to people he may never meet.

“Mark Pollock is an inspiration to thousands who are overcoming adversity..”

Also being honoured are astronomer Didier Queloz, computer scientist Dame Wendy Hall, French chemist Jean-Marie Lehn and businessman Tony Watson.

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