Paralympic champion and charity fund raiser, Karen was a Silver Medallist in British Paracycling in London 2012 and won Gold at the Rio Olympics. She is an inspirational character and accomplished motivational speakers who inspires her audiences to achieve their absolute best, whatever the circumstances!
Karen believes that life is an exploration…an adventure to be enjoyed and learned from. As a keen runner and mountaineer, she was paralysed in a rock-climbing accident and despite the challenges of combining wheels with wilderness, she was compelled to continue escaping the world of concrete for the inspiration of the natural environment. Along the way she has hand-cycled across the Central Asian and Himalayan mountain ranges, the length of the Japanese archipelago, and kayaked Alaska’s Inside Passage. Karen is an inspiration and motivation to others who begin to view their mental obstacles as insignificant in comparison to the challenges and ventures which have become a part of her life.
Karen Darke went on to achieve a Paralympic Silver Medal in the H1-2 hand cycling Time Trial at London 2012. Karen also won gold at the Rio Paralympic Games 2016. Karen has since cycled 7 continents in 9 long rides following major coastlines, rivers and water sources raising funds for charity along the way. Karen is heading ‘Pole of Possibility’ project planned for 2022, with Sir Ranulph Fienness as patron – which involves Karen sit-ski-ing with a team to the South Pole, to become the first Paraplegic to complete this unbelievable feat and raise £79k for Spinal Injuries Association in the process.
“Thank you for recommending Karen she was wonderful. She was an inspiration to us all. Her talk was just what we were looking for. She was interesting, informative, motivating, funny but most of all inspirational. Our team left the meeting believing they could succeed at anything provided they had the right attitude.” Morag Henderson – Sales Manager – North OPM Division B Braun Medical Ltd