In 2001 I was struck from behind by a car doing 60 mph whilst out training, the accident shattered my leg and broke my back in 2 places. After a four year recovery, with a ratchet support system fitted to my spine and a left leg which no longer functioned, I used my love for cycling to rebuild my body.
In 2008 I became part of the now legendary success of the Great Britain cycling team. I won two Gold Medals and a Silver Medal at the Beijing Paralympics and broke 2 World Records.
Later that year I was awarded an MBE by the Queen.
In August 2011, I suffered an almost copycat collision when a drunk driver collided with me at 11am in the morning on the A48 between Cowbridge and Bridgend, not far from my home in Porthcawl. After being airlifted to hospital in a critical condition, I was diagnosed with a collapsed lung, a broken pelvis and a broken back in two places. Doctors said I would never ride again.
Now on my second major recovery and determined to get back in the saddle, I have become an inspiration to many due to my strong mental attitude in the face of endeavour.
Nine years on from my last accident, I am back in training and looking on getting back into racing in the near future with the help and support from Kelly Hall Forever Living and Velo Tours Spain.