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Ed Jackson

Former Rugby Pro, Motivational Speaker Ed Jackson Headshot

Ed Jackson

Former Rugby Pro, Motivational Speaker & Adaptive Mountaineer


In April 2017, after diving into the shallow end of a swimming pool, Ed broke his neck and suffered a spinal cord injury which left him paralysed from the neckdown. Doctors said that he would never walk again. But through sheer determination and intensive rehabilitation, Ed reached the summit of mountains within a year of his operation. Ed inspires others to overcome their fears and details how goals are achievable no matter how impossible they may seem.

Ed’s life altering experience has provided him with an incredible ability to motivate people. Drawing on his own experiences, Ed takes you on an honest journey through his accident, and highlights the ways in which he took a fearlessly active approach to defy all odds on the road to his recovery. After listening to Ed talk you will be inspired to push through adversity, embrace a more positive mindset and be introduced to the importance of persevering through obstacles with resilience and courage.

In November 2019, Ed climbed Mera Peak! When not climbing mountains Ed can regularly be seen presenting and commentating on Channel 4. Ed was recently listed to appear as a part of the BBC’s Tokyo Paralympic coverage in summer 2020, before the event was moved to summer 2021.

Ed has a truly motivational story to tell. His presentation style is confident yet humble as he takes you through his journey from being a professional rugby player to becoming quadriplegic, how the movement of his big toe reduced a hospital room of people to tears and the strength and determination he put into not only surviving in his situation but thriving.



  • Resilience
  • Perspective
  • Managing Fear
  • Building Purpose
  • Embracing & Overcoming Adversity
  • Positive Mindset Through Reframing
  • Maximising Potential In Limited Circumstances
  • Increased Productivity Through Goal Setting and Habit Formations


To book Ed Jackson for your event, contact Front Row Speakers on +353 1 485 3991 or email [email protected]