Simon Weston OBE, Motivational Speaker, After Dinner Speaker, Former Welsh Guardsman on HMS Sir Galahad, Twenty two years ago, the Sir Galahad was destroyed in Bluff Cove on the Falkland Islands. On board was Simon Weston, Welsh Guardsman, a name and face that was going to become well known for his struggle to overcome his injuries and redefine his role in life. Simonís message is one of achievement, of triumph over adversity, of seizing the moment and succeeding.

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Twenty two years ago, the Sir Galahad was destroyed in Bluff Cove on the Falkland Islands. On board was Simon Weston, Welsh Guardsman, a name and face that was going to become well known for his struggle to overcome his injuries and redefine his role in life. Simonís message is one of achievement, of triumph over adversity, of seizing the moment and succeeding.

Simon was born in the Welsh village of Neslon in Mid-Glamorgan in 1961. In 1978 he joined the Welsh Guards and before forming part of the Falklands Task Force, saw active service in Berlin, Northern Ireland and Kenya.

Simon lives in Cardiff with wife, Lucy, two sons, James and Stuart, and daughter, Caitlin. His life is an active one. He has taught himself to fly and is a highly proficient saloon car-racing driver. He has also become a well-known broadcasting celebrity and has hosted his own show on BBC Radio Wales.

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Today Simon takes the opportunities to convey his story in order to motivate and encourage those, who like him, want to move on to the next goal, whatever it may be! The only obstacles to achieving oneís targets and successes are those you create for yourself. His words never fail to inspire you.

Simon's story has been well publicised and he has been the subject of five major BBC Television documentaries: Simon's War, Simon's Peace, Simon's Triumph, Simon's Return and in April 1999, Simon's Journey. He has been a 'victim' on This is Your Life. His autobiography, Walking Tall, was No1 in the best selling list. Going Back was also a best seller being in the top 10 for eight weeks. He then wrote a series of fiction books with titles such as Cause of Death and Phoenix. His latest book, Moving On was published in 2003 and sees Simon lay his Falklands ghosts to rest.

Simon was awarded an OBE in the Queens Birthday Honours List in June 1992 for his charitable work and has also attended a Celebration of Achievement Luncheon with Her Majesty The Queen. He was awarded Freedom of the City of Liverpool in 2002 in recognition of his bravery and his charity work in the region. He has appeared in the Top 100 Merseysiders list in 2003 and honoured as one of the top 100 Welsh Heroes in 2004.

Simon continues with his TV and broadcasting work, including voice-overs and various guest appearances - most recently on BBC's Question Time and GMTV.

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