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.
Won Swiss KIMM Mountain marathon
Broke back in climbing accident
Handbiked Central Asia Silk Road across the Himalaya
Handbiked the length of Japan
Kayaked the ‘Inside Passage’ from Vancouver, Canada to Juneau, Alaska
Handbikeed Leh – Manali (Indian Himalaya)
Sit-skied across the Greenland icecap
Circumnavigation of Corsica by sea kayak
First half-ironman (Aberfeldy, Scotland)
Climbed El Capitan, Yosemite National Park
World Paratriathlon Champion
Sea Kayaking Expededition in Patagonia
Joined British Paracycling Team
London 2012 Paralympic Silver Medallist, Handcycling Time Trial
World Paratriathlon Champion
European Paratriathlon Champion
First Ironman, ‘I’MPOSSIBLE’ special event, Mallorca, Spain, 13h 55m
High Altitude Handbike from Tibet to Nepal
Paralympic Champion, Rio 2016 Paralympic Gold Medallist, Handyccling Time Trial
‘The Wild Way’, handbiked the Carretera Austral through Chilean Patagonia
‘The Pacific Way’, handbiking from Canada to Mexico on the Pacific Coastal Trail
Commonwealth Games Australia, Paratriathlon’ 4th
‘The Water Way’, handbiking Australia’s Murray River from source to sea.
‘The Hot Way’, high altitude, high temperature handbiking of the ‘water towers of Africa’, Ethiopia’s high mountains.
‘The Continental Way’, handbiking the Atlantic coast and the Camino de Santiago across France and northern Spain.
‘The Spirited Way’, the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games…?!
‘The Cold Way’, aka THE POLE OF POSSIBILITY, sit-skiing in Antarctica.