The Power of Inclusion

27 September, 12:00 - 14:00

The Lighthouse, 11 Mitchell Lane, Glasgow G1 3NU, Glasgow, United Kingdom

Tali Shlomo, People Engagement Director, CII and Colin McFarlane, Diversity Champion, CII host this lunchtime session in Glasgow with British Paralympic athlete Megan Giglia.

Megan was only 27 when she suffered a brain haemorrhage and stroke, and subsequent loss of function in the right side of her body, and reduced speech and memory loss. Using her training as a sports and fitness coach to identify sports that could help her rehabilitation, she impressed at a British Cycling talent identification event and was accepted onto the Paralympic Development Programme in May 2014.

In 2016, in the build up to the Summer Paralympics in Rio, Giglia entered her second World Championships at Montichiari in Italy. She won gold in both the 500m time-trial and the individual pursuit setting new world records in both events. On the first day of the 2016 Rio Paralympics, Giglia won the women's 3000 m individual pursuit – Great Britain's first medal of the Games. She was awarded an MBE for services to cycling in 2017.

As a speaker, Megan shares her story of turning a devastating setback into sporting triumph powerfully with audiences, motivating and inspiring them to overcome barriers to success.