Liam Malone is the world number one in the sport of Bladerunning.
In 2014 he turned his life around after hitting rock bottom while at university. He went onto win two gold medals and a silver medal at the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games. He also broke the previous Paralympic records held by Oscar Pistorius. His times on the track make him New Zealand’s second fastest 400m sprinter ever – legs or not.
Liam was born without fibular bones. This resulted in both of his feet being amputated when he was 18 months old. Liam enjoys arguing against the notion that he is disabled both figuratively and through his actions.
At the age of 12 his mother was diagnosed with stage 3 bowel cancer. She battled the disease for 6 years before passing away when Liam was 18.
Liam studied at the University of Victoria while training for the Paralympic Games. Liam finished his studies in 2016 gaining a Bachelor of Commerce degree majoring in Marketing and International Business.
Liam’s awards include the New Zealand Order of Merit for Services to Athletics, Disabled Sportsperson of the Year at the 54th Halberg Awards, the Key to the City of Nelson, M2 New Zealand man of the year and winner of the Sovereign Insurance ‘Make a Difference’ start up competition in 2015.
Although a professional athlete, Liam insists his real interests lie outside the world of sport. He has a passion for technology, innovation, business and start-ups. He also has his eye on the entertainment industry and will look to create a career in acting over the next decade.
Liam is a dynamic and passionate presenter - who can cater his story and experiences so they are relevant for business keynotes to school presentations to after dinner entertaining addresses.
Liam thrives on talking about adversity, achieving your dreams, challenge and technology.
Liam's professionalism and ability to tell a compelling story, whilst also sticking to the brief, is something all speakers should aspire to. Liam outperformed our expectations through his raw, genuine and often hilarious recounts of his past as well as highlighting the strength of his character through his career aspirations. We are very grateful for the value he added to our conference. Fonterra Brands New Zealand
Liam was well prepared, engaging, and presented himself very well. He gave us a presentation that was thought provoking and kept us entertained throughout. Sometimes it can be difficult to relate to a speaker when they are talking about leadership or a similar topic, however Liam was very down to earth, real and honest with us about his life and how he used and developed his leadership. It was money well spent and I would thoroughly recommend him. University of Canterbury
Liam was an excellent choice thank you very much for the recommendation. He was very engaging and inspiring. He had read his brief and confirmed when he arrived re the focus of his speech. He was also very mindful of the time and kept to time perfectly. I had already recommended Liam to some corporate clients and hope that he gets more work for doing our event. Gold Coast Tourism Corporation
Liam put together a great presentation for us. He took us through his journey in a very confident and relateable way. The messages that he left our guests with were very empowering and his address was exactly what we were looking for at our event. Liam has a great ability to make the crowd laugh and it was a pleasure having him at our annual awards. SkyCity
What an incredible young man Liam is. He made an impact with the audience across every generation and there was not one person in the room who wasn't in awe of how authentic and honest he was. He models resilience and determination and I can't tell you how impressed I was with his ability to convey his message. Liam went the extra mile to connect with our Invictus Athletes and that left an overwhelming feeling of support with them. He uplifted them and their journey and showed real respect to their stories. What a great ambassador for our country. Royal New Zealand Navy