Profession: NHS clinic administrator
Parallel challenge: 10k
"Before 2000 you wouldn’t get me in a gym. Now you can’t get me out of one. I have Spina Bifida and I started going to lose weight and stay independent. It was hard at first as I was using muscles I’d never used before, but now I love it. In the first two years I lost two stone.
"Exercising hasn’t just affected me physically. It’s hard to put into words but I suppose I feel more positive. I’ve done lots of things I would never have dreamed of doing. I’ve sky dived, completed 5k and 10k runs and the 26 mile London Trek, which took me nine gruelling hours! I felt wrecked but elated.
"Every challenge I’ve done has been a massive achievement for me and I’ve fundraised for various charities along the way, including Shine . For Parallel London I’m raising money for the Baale Mane Girl’s Home in Bangalore.
"For my most recent challenge a few gym buddies from my local Everyone Active Northolt stepped in to help. It’s a very sociable place and I’ve made some great friends over the 16 years and I’ve noticed a positive change in that time. There’s now a better choice of adapted equipment (check out the Gravity Board) and instructors ask me more how to help and what I might need. I’d recommend it to anyone.”
My goal: #Roadto conquering the monkey bars. I want to go from one end to the other by the end of the year.
A huge shout out to:
· 3ness Ltd
· Graham Burns, Schwinn coach, who made me the second disabled person to become a Schwinn coach in the world
· Jason Mellars, my ManUp Pilates Guru instructor
· Billie Nixon, Everyone Active fitness motivator and good friend
· Kyle Prime, Primefitness Armeggedon/ManUp Pilates national instructor, who has helped me with abs training
· I also want to say a huge thank you to family and friends who have supported everything I’ve done.
Top tip: If you want to do something, just do it.
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