Athlete Biography

Classification
S9, SB9, SM9

Impairment Details
He was born without the lower part of his left arm.

Start of sporting career
He attended a talent Identification weekend in 2013, run by British Paratriathlon.

Reason for taking up this sport
“After 12 years of international swimming I seeked a new challenge. Having a really good swimming background helped my transition into triathlon and after attending a talent identification day in February 2013 the coaches I met believed I had what it takes to be the best in triathlon.”

Ambitions
To win a medal in the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Training
He trains 16 hours a week across the three disciplines, with a mixture of morning and afternoon sessions.

Hero
British athlete Dame Kelly Holmes. “For all she has overcome during her life and gone on to achieve while still being so grounded and passionate about helping others discover what they can be good at.”

Sporting philosophy / motto
“There is no such word as ‘can’t’.”

Awards
In 2004 he was awarded OCS Disability Sportsperson of the Year.

He was named Devon Swimmer of the Year in 2003 and 2004.

He was awarded Outstanding Male Performer in the Disability Sport England Junior Championships in 2003.

In 2002, he won East Devon Young Sport achiever award.

General
SPORT OVER STUDIES
He deferred his second year of a carpentry and joinery course at Bath College to become a full time athlete. After retiring from swimming in 2012, he then returned to Bath College in to complete a joinery course. He is now a qualified joiner which helps him make small technical adjustments to his bike.

COMMUNITY WORK
He is an athlete mentor through Sky Sports Living for Sport. “This role is more than just encouraging young people to participate in sport. It’s about teaching the students valuable life skills which they can apply to all areas of their lives. Through Sky Sports Living for Sport I hope to unlock the potential in everyone and demonstrate that sport really does changes lives.” He is also working on projects with the Youth Sport Trust, Dame Kelly Holmes Trust and Sports For Schools to help inspire young people to achieve their full potential.

SPORTSAID
He was given a SportsAid award, given to young and aspiring athletes to help them achieve their full potential. This has helped him balance full time work and competing by alleviating some of the financial stresses of equipment, training camps and training aids.

Social Media
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Competition Highlights

RankEventYearLocationResult
World Championships
4TRI-42013London, GBR1:08:50
10PT42014Edmonton, AB, CAN1:08:35

Athlete Tri Entry Year: 2013 for Great Britain, European Championships (Antalya)

Athlete Other Sports: He competed internationally in para-swimming, representing Great Britain at the world championships and Paralympic Games between 2004 and 2009.

Athlete Education: City of Bath College, England

Athlete Hobbies: Designing and making bespoke furniture.

Athlete Injuries: He had to have his appendix removed in August 2011, which inhibited his preparation for the 2012 Paralympic Games in London.

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