This week’s guest is Paralympic Table Tennis Player and Motivational Speaker, Colin Judge. Colin is constantly defying the odds. Despite being born with no legs and one arm, Colin is a Paralympic Table Tennis Player, Motivational Speaker and Actuarial Analyst.
He had a happy childhood and overcame numerous obstacles thrown in his way. His parents always encouraged him to be as independent as possible. However, his teenaged years were a different story. He struggled to cope with his disability, he had no confidence in himself and hit rock bottom. He knew that he needed to improve his situation and channel his energies into something different.
When he discovered table tennis everything changed. He started to accept himself for who he was and began to excel in all areas of his life. He made his international debut four years later while studying for his Leaving Cert. He achieved his first choice course – Actuarial and Financial Studies at UCD shortly after and graduated with a 2:1 degree.
He worked as an actuary for two years at KPMG and then went on sabbatical in 2019 in order to chase his Paralympic dream. Colin is the current European Champion, 6x Irish National Champion and has won numerous international titles around the world. His next big goal is to qualify for Tokyo 2021.He also shares his story with people all over the world and uses his challenges to inspire others to push their limits and become the best version of themselves.
James sits down with Colin to discuss his career, his Paralympic journey and the advice he would give to those who are looking for guidance.
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