History

The Story

Since winning GOLD in handcycling at the Rio 2016 Paralympics, the 79th medal for my country, 79 has become a special number for me! The gold medal was the culmination of years of hard training and focus, and 79 seems to have become part of my journey in life, from a place of being unconscious of life’s potential, towards destiny and beyond…
Unconscious
79 degrees north, a sit-ski traverse of the Greenland icecap, 2006
Subconscious:
79 degrees east, handbike across the Roof of the World, Tibet 2014
Destiny:
79th medal, GOLD in the Rio 2016 Paralympics
Realisation:
79 degrees west, the ‘Wild Way’, a handbike journey the length of Patagonia that led to the birth of QUEST 79
Anticipation:
79 degrees south runs through Antarctica, a place the ‘Cold Way’ will lead…

Until you make the unconscious, conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate.

C.G. Jung
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The GOLD in Rio was not really about the medal, but about the journey that led there. The biggest prize for me was what I’m calling INNER GOLD, a discovery of what is possible when the power of thought, clear intention and good people come together. In my first ever bike race, I came last by a very long way, as in the organisers had almost all gone home and there was no finish line anymore! It has since amazed me what is possible when we set a clear goal, and when passion and people meet.

QUEST 79 for me will involve travelling 7 continents in 9 significant handbike rides. I plan to journey unsupported by any vehicle other than a bike, exploring with friends, sharing stories and raising funds for a charity close to my heart: The Spinal Inuries Association (SIA).

Gold is element number 79 in the periodic table of elements, and I would love Quest 79 to be an opportunity for you to take on your own quest and find your own INNER GOLD: to connect with your passion, bring friends and people together and help others at the same time by raising money for a good cause.

Why not take on your own Quest 79 project?

Read more at Your Quest.