In October 2006 I had an accident at work which left me paralysed from the waist down and wheelchair bound, I spent the next 6 months in the National Spinal unit at Stoke Mandeville receiving intense rehabilitation.
After 6 months I came home in March 2007 and had a very up and down year dealing with the wheelchair, when finally my mate dragged me back to the gym mid 2008.
When I started back at the gym a friend of mine (Paul Smith) who runs the local bodybuilding (UKBFF South Coast) show every April, set me the challenge of getting back into shape for his show in April 2009 to do a guest spot. I trained extremely hard. With this new challenge I had be given I was determined not to let him or myself down.
2009 came and my guest spot got me a full standing ovation and made me feel amazing and extremely emotional.
That was it I had the bug!
A week later I got a call from Paul Smith asking me if I wanted to guest spot at the British Finals in October 2009. I immediately said yes and was over the moon with the invite from the UKBFF (UK Bodybuilding Fitness Federation).
The guest spot at the UKBFF British Finals was amazing. What followed was even better. I was invited to compete in the first ever Wheelchair World Championships in Poland in November 2009.
Of course I said yes, I wanted to go for the experience and to meet other wheelchair bodybuilders like me. I went and to my shock I won making me the first Wheelchair Amateur IFBB World Champ. I could not stop crying. The emotions and the UKBFF Team who came along were incredible and I now had some life long friends from the trip.
2010 I turned Pro and I'm now a full time IFBB Wheelchair Pro Bodybuilder.
Shows and Guest spots:
April 2009 Guest spot UKBFF South Coast
October 2009 Guest spot UKBB British Finals
November 2009 1st Place Wheelchair World Championships
April 2010 Guest Spot UKBFF South Coast as a Pro
May 2010 Guest Spot UKBFF Scottish Championships
Sept 2010 Guest Spot UKBFF Welsh Championships
October 2011 3rd place at the Houston wheelcheir Pro show, Texas