In April 2014 after a period of approximately 3 years of being treated for sports related injuries I was diagnosed with Primary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis. The nature of my MS means that I suffer from spasticity in both my hips which makes it impossible to take part properly in the two sports that I have always loved, Cycling and Running.
It has taken a great deal of time to come to terms with the full extent of my condition and the impact it has on my day to day life. Not being able to physically do the activities I loved has been challenging to say the least.
I am at a point in my life where I am mentally prepared to accept that I am living with MS and understand what I need to do to facilitate making my life easier.
A friend loaned me a hand cycle to have a go and I felt a real sense of achievement. The use of the hand cycle has enabled me to feel the benefits and adrenalin of being involved in sport once again and it is this feeling that motivates me to have a goal to train for hand cycling and wheelchair races with an aim of becoming a Para triathlete and also to be at the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics.
The use of appropriate equipment will be vital in helping me to achieve my goal and this is where you come in. Hand cycles and race wheelchairs do not come cheep. What I need is for you to donate, as much as you can. You will be playing a part in helping me to realise my goal. Once you've donated please share my story with everyone you know to enable me to achieve my target as quickly as possible, so I can be properly equipped to start my training.
The entry level hand cycle I am looking to purchase is an "Invacare Top end Force 3" which costs £1,756
I am still fully investigating the best race wheelchair to get, but a decent entry level one is in the region of £3,500