I Served with 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards 2003-2013, on Operations in Afghanistan, Iraq and Bosnia, as well as serving overseas in Jamaica, the Falklands, Kenya and Canada.
I reached the rank of Lance Sergeant and whilst in England, we would also carry out ceremonial duties at the Royal Palaces and participate in parades, including the Trooping of the colour, which I took part in on four occasions.
Was injured in 2011, whilst on a live firing training exercise in Canada, where I received several gun shots to both my right leg and right shoulder. This resulted in the loss of my right leg and part of my shoulder. Due to my artery being hit, I died on several occasions and subsequently spent a total of 9 weeks in Hospital, including 3 weeks in intensive care.
In that time, I dropped to a low of 61kg and that really are away at me, more than missing my leg. I vowed never to look that ill again. I’m now up to 107kg five years later!
Following two years rehabilitation at Headley Court, where I learnt to walk and run again on a prosthesis, I was discharged in 2013.
I competed as a Bodybuilder in both 2014 and 2015, in the Disabled category and was fortunate enough to win five of the shows that I entered. My highlight would have to be flying over to Houston, Texas to compete and to also get the opportunity to stand on stage with guest poser and 5 time Mr Olympia, Phil Heath.
In 2016, I have opted for a new route and one I am seriously enjoying. I have ventured into Disabled Strongman and competed in Britain’s Strongest Disabled Man in May, where I was fortunate enough to win, following six events and highly contested, with 17 of us in the seated category. As a result, I have qualified for this years Worlds Strongest Disabled Man, to be held in Manchester on 14 August, where we will be competing with qualifiers from Iceland, Hungary, USA, Canada to name but a few.
I am 31, from Milton Keynes and have a beautiful wife, Natalie and two Sons, Ellis is 5 and Ethan is soon to turn 4.
I was so motivated that they got to see me compete at the Britain’s and I want to continue to make them proud and to lead by example.