Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Further personal information
Wife Jade Jones
Sport specific information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up wheelchair racing in 2014.
Why this sport?
He heard about wheelchair racing from ex-patients at Pinderfields Hospital in Wakefield, England. He played football before his accident but wanted to take up an individual sport.
Club / Team
Leeds City Athletic Club: England
Name of coach
Paula Dunn [national], GBR; Ian Thompson [personal], from 2014
In April 2016 he dislocated his hip while racing in the Paris Marathon in France. He returned to competition a month later at the British national championships. (Facebook page, 08 May 2016, 03 Apr 2016)
His wife Jade Jones has represented Great Britain in Para triathlon and wheelchair racing. She won silver at the 2017 World Para Triathlon Championships in Rotterdam, Netherlands, and finished ninth in the T54 800m at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (Twitter profile, 16 Jun 2018; SportsDeskOnline, 30 Jul 2018)
In September 2012 he stepped on a sea urchin while diving off the island of Skiathos, Greece. This caused an epidural abscess on his spine and resulted in paraplegia. (Facebook page, 15 May 2017; yorkshire-voice.com, 10 Jul 2015; dailymail.co.uk, 23 Jan 2013)