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Sport Para snowboard
NPC Great Britain   
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Further Personal Information
Partner Caitlin Stokes, daughter Alexandra
Northallerton, ENG
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began snowboarding in 2018, eight weeks after learning to walk on his prosthetic leg.
Why this sport?
In 2018 at an Armed Forces Para-Snowsport Team training camp in Castleford, England he asked which snowsport discipline would be the hardest for him to learn based on his impairment and was told Para snowboard. He was also seeking an activity that would give him the kind of adrenaline rush that he enjoyed from riding motorbikes before his injury. "I was a biker before my injury. Snowboarding gives me the same adrenaline rush I used to get from my biking days. I also wanted to prove to myself that I could do something different, something I'd never done before."
Club / Team
Armed Forces Para-Snowsport Team: Great Britain
General Interest
Mc1Knee, Bubble. (Armed Forces Para-Snowsport Team annual report, 09 Jan 2020; Facebook profile, 04 Feb 2020)
Cycling, water skiing. (Facebook profile, 18 Jul 2020)
Memorable sporting achievement
Competing at the 2018 Invictus Games in Sydney, NSW, Australia. (, 24 May 2018)
Most influential person in career
His partner Caitlin Stokes, who is a sports massage therapist and scar worker and has a master's degree in prosthetic rehabilitation. "Knowing that she is always there in the wings to patch me up, put me back together physically and give me the encouragement to believe I can achieve anything I put my mind to, makes me feel invincible." (Armed Forces Para-Snowsport Team annual report, 09 Jan 2020)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Snowboarding has become my life, my plan. It's changed everything. My whole family is learning to snowboard, so it will be an activity we can enjoy together." (Armed Forces Para-Snowsport Team annual report, 09 Jan 2020)
Other sports
He competed in archery, swimming, handcycling, wheelchair racing, wheelchair rugby and seated volleyball at the 2018 Invictus Games in Sydney, NSW, Australia, winning silver medals in rugby and volleyball, and a bronze medal in group archery. (, 08 Nov 2018)
To compete at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. (Armed Forces Para-Snowsport Team annual report, 09 Jan 2020)
While working as a health care assistant in the Queen Alexandra's Royal Army Nursing Corps, he suffered a knee injury when he turned as he was carrying a weight on his back during a training exercise. "I felt a crunch as I ripped the side of my knee. This left it weak and susceptible to further injury. Complications from [surgery] led to acute compartment syndrome, nerve damage, and a raging infection which took hold of the area and ultimately destroyed the remaining tissue below my knee." After 10 months of severe pain he had an elective amputation in November 2017. (Armed Forces Para-Snowsport Team annual report, 09 Jan 2020;, 20 Oct 2018;, 08 Nov 2018)
Other information
He was inspired by watching the 2017 Invictus Games in Toronto, ON, Canada on television the week before his amputation, and went on to compete in the following year's Invictus Games in Sydney, NSW, Australia. "I was enthralled by the personal journeys of the competitors and their ability to get through the worst of times and come out stronger. I made a vow to myself that I would not let my injuries define me, and that I would prove all the nay-sayers wrong, show them what I am capable of." He asked his partner Caitlin Stokes to marry him in front of the television cameras at the closing ceremony of the 2018 Invictus Games. "I did it during the closing ceremony in front of about 50,000 people in Stadium Australia. Luckily she said yes. We ended up on the big screen when the television cameras realised what was happening." (, 08 Nov 2018;, 20 Oct 2018;, 15 Jul 2018)

He has started a wood burning [pyrography] business, making items such as house signs with designs requested by clients using wood burning techniques. He also made his first prosthetic leg out of wood, saying that he was inspired by what Captain Jack Sparrow from the 'Pirates of the Caribbean' film series would have done in his situation. (Facebook profile 04 Feb 2021; Facebook page 15 Jun 2019)

Competition Highlights (historical)
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