My Story

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. With friends, creativity and perseverence most things are still possilbe, and thanks to those ingredients I have a pretty extraordinary life.
I’m currently a full-time athlete with the British Para-Cycling Team. I was a silver-medallist in the London 2012 Paralympics and became Paralympic Champion in the Rio 2016 Paralympics: My Paralympic journey has called for total commitment and some compromise on adventuring and other aspects of life, but it has taken me on incredible inner and outer journeys. I squeeze adventures in where possible between training and other work. 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.

Sport & Adventure Timeline

Story Timeline
2018

2018

Aspiring to compete for Scotland in Para-triathlon at the Commonwealth Games

2017

2017

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

2016

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

2016

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

2014

European Paratriathlon Champion

2014

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

2014

High Altitude Handbike from Tibet to Nepal

2012

London 2012 Paralympic Silver Medallist, Handcycling Time Trial

2012

World Paratriathlon Champion

2010

2010

Joined British Paracycling Team

2009

2009

World Paratriathlon Champion

2009

Sea Kayaking Expededition in Patagonia

2007

2007

First half-ironman (Aberfeldy, Scotland)

2007

Climbed El Capitan, Yosemite National Park

2006

2006

Sit-skied across the Greenland icecap

2006

Circumnavigation of Corsica by sea kayak

2004

2004

Handbikeed Leh – Manali (Indian Himalaya)

2003

2003

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

2000

2000

Handbiked the length of Japan

1997

1997

Handbiked Central Asia Silk Road aross the Himalaya    

1993

1993

Broke back in climbing accident

1992

1992

Won Swiss KIMM Mountain marathon

1991

1991

Climbed Mont Blanc & Matterhorn