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Who I am

I’m Darren Harris, Paralympian, psychologist, speaker, coach, mentor, facilitator, and bestselling author.

What I do

I’ve inspired over ¼ million delegates worldwide since 2013. I give people in business and education the psychological tools and techniques to overcome adversity like a pro using speaking, coaching and workshops.

Who I’ve worked with

I’ve spoken for organisations like Allianz Insurance, Amnesty International, BAE Systems, HSBC, Vision Express and many more that want a fun, unique and positive perspective on life.

Losing my sight

I was diagnosed with Bilateral Retinoblastoma, a cancer of both eyes, aged 15 months. One eye was removed; the other was treated with radiotherapy, which saw My sight deteriorate gradually over the next 20 years.

Unblinding my mind

Although I couldn’t regain my sight, I could unblind my mind, which meant transforming how I viewed blindness from something negative to something positive.

Dual Paralympian

I’m better known as a footballer, having competed at the London 2012 Paralympics, won 10 world and European medals, and made 157 appearances becoming England’s most capped blind footballer. But my first Games was with judo at the Beijing Paralympics.

The three degrees

My first degree is in Mathematics, second is a masters in psychology, and third is an honorary doctorate for outstanding public service.

Professional Speaker

I’ve been a member of the Professional Speaking Association (PSA) since 2013.

Certified Coach

I trained with The Coaching Academy in 2017, having been on the receiving end of coaching from more than a dozen coaches for over 20 years, some brilliant, others not so.

My Motto

“Your eyes are useless unless you use what’s between your ears.”

Overcoming Adversity Speaker