UK Tessier Sales Agent
Following a detailed factory visit to Tessier in France and on snow testing with the active user products, I was so impressed I'm now the UK representative. Working in partnership with Draft Wheelchairs we'll be offering a Scarver Dual Ski to view in there showroom (Cambridgeshire) and the opportunity to demo at Milton Keynes (for experienced skiers only) Drop me an email via my contact page for more details.
Check out Tessier Range @ www.dualski.com
Presenter Training at Millbank Studios
Nov and Dec 2013
Great to see behind the scenes and how it all works. I was invited to be a guest in the studio to offer expertise about Winter Sports. Working as a pundit for Rachael Latham, Ade Adepitan and Arthur Williams we ran through full mockup shows. Hope it improved their Winter Sports general knowledge in preparation for Sochi 2014. Thanks to Edi and Sam @ thinkBIGGER for the invite and look forward to working with you all in the future ;)
4 People 6 legs, Snowkite Expedition - Vatnajokull, Iceland
Retiring from fulltime ski racing left a void to fill and thanks to Tim Farr I found one in the form of Powerkiting. Three years of playing with these powerful monsters has me gripped with excitement and a new challenge is on the cards.
Myself, Kieron Jansch, Rob brown and Mike Dann are 4people6legs and will atttempt a Worlds First by crossing the largest glacier in Europe using only Kite Power. We'll drag all our gear with us on this epic voyage across 300kms. Check out Facebook or website to Like our Page and follow progress
Frontline, An Evening of Inspiration - Manchester Cricket Club
After a few sessions with the amazing Lily Newman (MorganJamesConsulting), honing our skills and teaching us the effective way to deliver our stories, the day arrived. 4 out of 11 x-Military guys on the Frontline books presented to an audience of 170 people at the home of Lancashire Cricket. A fantastic evening, my talk well received and great to listen to some of the other lads harrowing stories of overcoming adversity and just cracking on with life.!
The following day I presented at Windsor Castle for Stevie Kidd, a small private occasion to senior CEO's n business people. A real treat, to witness the sights inside the castle walls, to attend evening song at the Chapel and meet some cool people. Stevie is a genius.!
Snowkiting Weekend - St Neots and Bury St Edmonds
It's was snowing - so why not.!
It was fantastic to test out my new rig (mk3) with a kite and understand more of the difficulties of flying from a seated position with limited balance and a need for 4 hands.?
Wings for Life Celebration 2012
Held in the Red Bull HQ, Wings for Life Ambassadors, supporters and staff celebrated a successful year. Updates from the charity CEO, Head of WFL UK, research Scientist Dr Kotter and Inspirational talk from Ambassador Sean Rose.
SnowKite Rig mk3 - Successful Testing Session
After months of R+D on the new rig, it was finally ready to take to the snow and see how it skied at Milton Keynes, SnoZone. It sits real low and very light in comparison to previous models. It uses the lower leg frame from the Glide Bi-Ski made by HOC (Hands on Concepts) who kindly donated me it to test, Thanks Steve. Thanks also to Draft Wheelchairs (especially Ryan) for building the subframe to hold my seat and legs. The narrower stance made quick switches a dream and was so easy to use. Cant wait to get it on snow with a Kite......
Skiing for Heroes - Fundraising evening
A mate asked me to get involved with 'Skiing For Heroes', a charity helping those recently injured on active service. I appreciate the power Skiing has as a rehabilitative tool and along with a framework to mentor other areas of their life, the charity will also aid injured personnel back into the workplace.
The venue - Two Temple Place, London. Wow, what an amazing evening.! Not used to hanging out in such company - bank owners, major CEO's, Royalty, etc.....
A talk from Martin Hewitt, Walking with the Wounded star, North Pole and Everest Expeditions rounded off a top night. Looking forward to the first trip to Klosters.
KiteRight - The first PowerKite Instructor Course
It proved to be a pivotal moment in the the future of disabled access to the world of kitesports as KiteRight trained the worlds first paraplegic powerkite instructors. Thanks to BKSA Examiner Dom Moore for his input and support and all members of the course, Sean Rose, Jenny Ridley, Rhys Chandler, Johnathan Speeden, Dean Emery and Gary Hawkins. (Click pic to read more)
Kite Surfing - Poole Harbour
Many Thanks to Andy and Jason from Easy riders for an awesome KiteSurf sesh in Poole Harbour. Wind a little light for the kites we had, but got my starts sorted and a few runs. Can't wait to head back this month to take the next steps......
11 Sept 2012
Our leg - Ludlow to Haydock - 106miles - 9h30mins
RAB has raised over 1 million pound for ParalympicsGB over the last 3 years.
Tim Farr and I were asked to do a leg from Ludlow Racecourse to Haydock Racecourse. The route took in some fantastic scenery, quiet country lanes, gorgeous properties and bypassed most of the major towns on route. Along the way we chatted and rode with many of the 700 riders, who were on day 4 of the 9 day gruelling trip from Lands end to John O Groats. Much respect guys n girls.
Tough at times, 106miles later in 9h30mins ride time, we completed our journey! Knackered but pleased to finish!
We said our Thanks at the briefing that evening to all involved for supporting paralympic athletes and were then honoured to hear from Sarah and Barney Storey (with Medals) telling us all about their London Paralympic success. Respect.!