Fitness Instructor, Volunteer, and Actor in London, United Kingdom
Who am I...
Limb Power's Physical Activity Advisor
(Amputee rehabilitation therapy clinic, Queen Mary's Hospital, Roehampton)
Disability Exercise Coach
Actor, Model, Creature performer
Saying that, I will always have a passion for arboriculture, as I qualified as a tree surgeon in 1994. Up until 2013 that's all I knew, and I loved my job, but in March 2013 that was to change. I was thrown a curve ball, my life would never be the same again.
I was taken to A&E with what I thought was bad flu, thinking it was going to be a routine check up and I would go straight home. But it was nearly a month later that I woke up from a coma to be told, "It's your legs or your life..."
Did I really have a choice?
I chose LIFE. I put everything I had and more into my rehabilitation. But i certainly knew I was now going to have to focus and work very hard.
It was during my rehabilitation that I decided I was going to help other people.
Participating at the Limb Power Games was an significant part of me regaining my love of life and helped my confidence. I was pleasantly surprised how well I was performing in the competitions by winning a silver medal in Archery and two gold medals in Badminton. It was the joy of playing badminton again, being introduced to a range of new para-sports, being encouraged by the mentors and coaches and the social interaction at these events, that was integral to my own rehabilitation. It was then I recognised how important physical activity can be to a person's health, wellbeing and their ability to overcome adversity. It was recognising this in myself that lead me to want to help others.
I decided to train as a fitness coach but the twist was I wanted to specialise in disability exercise, so I embarked on a career change and in the Spring of 2013 I qualified as a Level 2 Gym Instructor & Level 3 Disability Personal Trainer.
I have since gone on to train, motivate and inspire children and adults who want to overcome their disabilities, whilst mentoring for Limb Power
I have modelled for Models of Diversity whose mission statement is "for the inclusion of models with disabilities to be represented in the fashion industry".
I have since gone on to be a droid and creature performer appearing in Star Wars and I have appeared on stage and done a variety of adverts.
My hobbies include mentoring, coaching, research and advisory services, fitness, climbing and watching movies.