Arthur Williams

Arthur Williams

Presenter, Channel 4

Synopsis

A former Royal Marine, Arthur was paralysed in a car crash. After winning the Birmingham wheelchair marathon he was trained in all aspects of TV production by Channel 4 and chosen as one of their new faces of Paralympic coverage. Part of the broadcast team in Rio 2016 Arthur has also presented a number of history documentaries, including Flying to the Ends of the Earth and speaks about his story, his physical and mental recovery, and how looking at what you had and what you have puts things in perspective.

Biography

A former Royal Marine, Arthur is part of the presentation team for Channel 4’s Paralympic sports coverage. After extensive training by the broadcaster, he has gone on to present a variety of factual and documentary programmes, including Flying to the Ends of the Earth, and The Plane that Saved Britain.

Having served in Sierra Leone and trained as a signaller, Arthur’s military career was cut short when he was involved in a car crash in 2007. Paralysed from the waist down, he soon determined that he would redirect his life towards sport and the media. He won the Birmingham wheelchair marathon just two years after his accident, and went on to train with the GB cycling development squad.

Chosen from a large field to be one of the faces of Channel 4’s ground-breaking Paralympics 2012 coverage, Arthur has since presented a number of documentaries, putting his passion for military history to good use. He is also a qualified pilot and his most recent series sees him flying to some of the most remote landing strips in the world. His programme, D-Day As It Happened, was shown as part of Channel 4’s commemorative coverage, and he will be part of the team at Rio 2016.

As well as being an accomplished presenter, Arthur is also an engaging speaker. In speeches he describes the tough choices he made during his recovery, the physical and mental challenges and how he dealt with them. He looks at how his military life both helped and hindered the changes he was forced to make, and his method for balancing up what you had and what you could have. In addition to his media work Arthur is an ambassador for Help For Heroes.

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