My Story

Thanks for being interested in my story. I live life as a modern-day ‘Alchemist’, passionate about turning challenge into opportunity and transforming the difficult stuff into ‘gold’. I love to explore, have adventures, stay healthy, and to write. My purpose is to inspire and impact through sharing my stories and experiences of the incredible power we have within us to be creators of our reality, our performance, our wellbeing and our world. But behind all that is the ‘backstory’…

Luckily I’ve got an adventurous gene, as life in a wheelchair is full of the unexpected. I was a keen runner, climber and orienteer, but fell off a cliff and became paralysed from the chest down at age 21. Whilst initially I thought “I’d rather be dead than paralysed”, I soon learned that with friends, creativity and perseverence most things are still possible. It is thanks to those ingredients that I have a pretty extraordinary life.

I have spent over a decade as a full-time athlete. I was a silver-medallist in the London 2012 Paralympics and became Paralympic Champion in the Rio 2016 Paralympics. My Paralympic journey has been a roller-coaster. I have ridden the highs or medals and the lows of injury and near-death experiences. My life journey has called for total commitment, determination and resilience, and it has taken me on incredible inner and outer journeys.

I am so grateful to all the friends, family, people and organisations who have been there to support me, getting me from a broken state and months in hospital beds to the privileged life that I lead now. Thank You.

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1991

Climbed Mont Blanc & Matterhorn
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1992

Won Swiss KIMM Mountain marathon

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1993

Broke back in climbing accident

1993

1997

Handbiked Central Asia Silk Road across the Himalaya

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2000

Handbiked the length of Japan

2000

2003

Kayaked the ‘Inside Passage’ from Vancouver, Canada to Juneau, Alaska

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2004

Handbikeed Leh – Manali (Indian Himalaya)

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2006

Sit-skied across the Greenland icecap

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2006

Circumnavigation of Corsica by sea kayak

2006

2007

First half-ironman (Aberfeldy, Scotland)

2007

2007

Climbed El Capitan, Yosemite National Park

2007

2009

World Paratriathlon Champion

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2009

Sea Kayaking Expededition in Patagonia

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2010

Joined British Paracycling Team

2010

2012

London 2012 Paralympic Silver Medallist, Handcycling Time Trial

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2012

World Paratriathlon Champion

2012

2014

European Paratriathlon Champion

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2014

First Ironman, ‘I’MPOSSIBLE’ special event, Mallorca, Spain, 13h 55m

2014

2014

High Altitude Handbike from Tibet to Nepal

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2016

Paralympic Champion, Rio 2016 Paralympic Gold Medallist, Handyccling Time Trial

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2016

‘The Wild Way’, handbiked the Carretera Austral through Chilean Patagonia

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2017

‘The Pacific Way’, handbiking from Canada to Mexico on the Pacific Coastal Trail

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2018

Commonwealth Games Australia, Paratriathlon’ 4th

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2018

‘The Water Way’, handbiking Australia’s Murray River from source to sea.

2018

2018

‘The Hot Way’, high altitude, high temperature handbiking of the ‘water towers of Africa’, Ethiopia’s high mountains.

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2019

‘The Continental Way’, handbiking the Atlantic coast and the Camino de Santiago across France and northern Spain.

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2020

‘The Spirited Way’, the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games…?!

2020

2021-22

‘The Cold Way’, aka THE POLE OF POSSIBILITY, sit-skiing in Antarctica.

2021-22