The lady spoke quietly, her voice and head low, her shyness almost painful as she asked me “really, how did you overcome such a difficult thing as becoming paralysed”. It is a question I’ve been asked many times after I’ve given a talk, but usually in private - probably because the ...
Have you got any adventures planned after the London 2012 Paralympic Games? "Yeah, the outdoor adventures have been cast aside for 2012 – I’m totally focused on the Paralympic Games. I can’t afford to have many days off the bike to be honest. We did have a plan to ski to the South Pole, so we’re hoping to do that in 2013. It should be pretty expensive, but we’re trying to raise money for the Back Up Trust so it’s a really huge project. It’s very exciting, but quite scary as well."
"What’s makes this expedition unique and extraordinary, is that one of the team of four is paralysed. Never before has a paraplegic attempted a challenge so physically and mentally demanding, which makes this challenge simply incredible."
I was injured when I was 21, but before that I did a lot of climbing and running. After my accident, I wanted the first big trip I went on to be to the mountains. I used to be a geologist as well, so I wanted to go to the Himalayas. I went over with a few friends and raised money for charity. Everything just came from that really. I think because I was into it before my accident, my friends were as well. After I got injured my friends were still up for it, so I’ve been quite lucky really."