In April 2017 my life took an unexpected change of direction, an innocuous dive into a swimming pool resulted in a serious neck injury. Fracturing and dislocating c6/7 vertebrae in my neck has left me an incomplete tetraplegic. Initially paralysed from the neck down, I have been fortunate enough to regain a lot of movement however, i am still currently confined to a wheelchair.
After 80 days in hospital I have now returned home to continue my rehabilitation and get myself back on my feet. The journey I have been on so far and most of all the people I have met, have opened my eyes to a whole new world of inspiration, kindness, selflessness and bravery. I want to follow in the footsteps of many before me and try to take every positive out of my new situation, working towards the things that I genuinely believe in so I can look back in a couple of years time and the injury will be completely irrelevant because mine, and hopefully other people’s lives, will be better for it.
As a professional rugby player, keen cyclist and hiker, I have always loved the outdoors, something that has been temporarily taken away from me. This brings me on to the twins’ whose most recent challenge is nothing short of spectacular. I dream of being able to grab life by the horns again and explore the world like they do and hopefully one day I will.
Wings for life is an amazing charity and I am honoured to have been asked to be a patron for the guys on their upcoming challenge. Please support however you can and help give people with spinal cord injuries a chance to put some more adventure back in their lives.