What do you have coming up? We have three different tracks with six races for the Para-skeleton World Cup. In November it’s Park City, Utah. In January/February next year, I’ll be in Lillehammer in Norway and Oberhof in Germany. The season is rounded off with the Para-Sport World Championships in St. Moritz, Switzerland.
When did you first get involved with Help for Heroes? After I finished all my operations and physio, I was told that Help for Heroes was opening a new Recovery Centre, Tedworth House*. I was the first resident and did a course there to help me with my transition from military to civilian life. I was told by Martin Colclough that they were trying to make para-skeleton a Paralympic sport and asked if I was interested in it trying out. I got addicted and I’ve not looked back since. Without the help, support and funding of Help for Heroes, I wouldn’t in the position I am today, as a person and as the world number two.
What motivates you? The idea of losing drives me as I am very competitive.
What is your golden rule when it comes to fitness? Give 100% or there is no point doing it.
Who was your childhood hero? Superman. I loved the idea someone could have so many powers.
Describe yourself in three words: Reliable, trustworthy and competitive.
* Matthew, a former Lance Bombardier in the British Army, was struck by a landmine whilst on patrol in Afghanistan in 2008. Both of his feet were shattered by the blast and required reconstructive surgery. Subsequently he became the first resident at Tedworth House, Help for Heroes’ Recovery Centre in Wiltshire.
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