Mallory Weggemann

Mallory Weggemann

Bio

From Disaster to Triumph: An inspirational story of perseverance, overcoming obstacles & a gold medal winning performance

2012 Paralympic Gold Medalist Mallory Weggemann had her life changed on January 21, 2008.  A routine epidural to help treat back pain left the college freshman paralyzed from the waist down.  However, having been a competitive swimmer since the age of seven, she found one thing unchanged - her love for swimming.  On April 8, 2008, Mallory returned to the pool, and has been breaking national and world records ever since.  However, just days before the 2012 Paralympics, a controversial decision to move Mallory up a class left her competing against less disabled swimmers.  Nonetheless, she defied the odds and won Gold in the 50m freestyle, which became one of the signature races during the Games.

  1. 2012 Paralympic Gold Medalist
  2. Currently holds 15 World Records & 33 American Records
  3. 2011 ESPN ESPY winner – Best Female Athlete with a Disability
  4. 2009, 2010 and 2011 USA Swimming Disabled Swimmer of the Year

 

Speaking Topics

  1. Mentoring
  2. Life Altering Changes
  3. Motivation
  4. Commitment & Dedication
  5. Personal Story
  6. Achievement
  7. Goal Setting
  8. Following Your Dreams
  9. Inspiration
  10. Courage
  11. Life Perspective
  12. Sports
  13. Overcoming Obstacles
  14. Youth
  15. Paralympics
  16. Swimming

 

Signature Topics

Personal Story: Everything happens for a Reason (includes moving anecdotes from personal journal)

Mallory discusses the day in which she became paralyzed, her initial struggles to cope, and how she soon realized she now had a platform to instill change by helping others and raising awareness for swimmers with disabilities. Mallory shares a touching story of how she changed the life of a young girl who is also paralyzed --- an opportunity which allowed her to fully understand why "everything happens for a reason.”

Youre the Best, you can make a Difference, and you can Change the World

The phrase spoken to Mallory and her sisters by her father every night before they went to bed, is something which Mallory lives by today. Mallory emphasizes that everyone goes through struggles, and everyone has some sort of “disability,” some of them just not as obvious as hers. Yet, everyone has the ability to overcome their “disabilities” and make a difference (big or small) in the world.    

Testimonial

“Mallory lifted the entire room; I was completely blown away.  We sometimes overuse words like “inspirational” or “awesome” or “courageous” and they lose their true meaning— not in this case; Mallory is all those and more. She reminded us what a person can do in the face adversity, and showed us we have the capacity to overcome obstacles, large or small, if we choose to and if we work at it.  She’s inspired me to want to do better—that’s real leadership”  - Julie Ross, Managing Partner, MidAthletic Division ERM

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Testimonies

"Mallory lifted the entire room; I was completely blown away.  We sometimes overuse words like “inspirational” or “awesome” or “courageous” and they lose their true meaning—not in this case; Mallory is all those and more.  She reminded us what a person can do in the face adversity, and showed us we have the capacity to overcome obstacles, large or small, if we choose to and if we work at it.  She’s inspired me to want to do better—that’s real leadership as far as I’m concerned."

Julie Ross
Environmental Resource Management
Managing Partner of MidAtlantic in the Northern Division


"I feel sure that Mallory’s session will be talked about for many years to come, and without a doubt, was the highlight of the meeting by a considerable distance."

David McArthur
CEO, Environmental Resource Management


"'Never' is an absolute term that I use very carefully, but I will never forget Mallory Weggemann telling her inspiring story.  Nor will I forget her words of advice.  We all need to look beyond our obstacles, big and small, work hard to cope when life changes us, and understand and believe that we can change our own lives when needed.  In doing so, we can inspire others to do likewise.  She blew us all away." 

Toby Hanna
Northern Division Partner, Environmental Resource Management


"All I can say is WOW!!!! Mallory was simply amazing and such an significant addition to our meeting and auction!  So  many rave reviews and she is simply inspiring!  We had a fantastic intimate lunch, being able to hold the gold medal, and then Mallory stole the show with her story during our meeting.  She then stayed for the entire auction and even allowed people to pay $50 towards the United Way to take a picture with her and the medal..sooooooooo awesome!  Oh and she won an item herself, she was totally into the bidding. 

Niki Diller
Deloitte Services LP


"Mallory was absolutely amazing - standing ovation, teary eyes, long line of well-wishers after her talk... Mallory gets our strongest endorsement as a keynote speaker."

Mark
South Dakota Council for Exceptional Children 2013 Conference

Photos

  • Mallory Weggemann USA Swimming Award
  • Mallory Weggemann at ESPYS
  • Mallory Weggemann at the pool
  • Mallory Weggemann with medals
  • Mallory Weggemann at WSF awards dinner

Videos

Triumph over tragedy: Mallory Weggemann at TEDxUNPlaza


Canterbury Speaking Appearance


ERM Speaking Appearance


2012 Social Innovation Summit


Trans World Sport Video


Weggemann Wins 50m Free


Mallory Weggemann on the Today Show