WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT?
With his belief that we all face a mountain to climb, his condition makes him no different from anyone else.
Jamie shares in his talks, stories of struggles, challenges and success. Providing many different perspectives on how to approach a challenge, and how to overcome the mental blocks we all face. Jamie’s goal is to assist others to reconnect with their own inner strength and aptitude. Sometimes we just need to think outside the box.
Schools / youth groups
Jamie has a great ability to interact with young people of all ages. He brings with him stories of adventure and a meaning of spirit showing young people you need to fight for what you truly want. He offers a real message of adapting and overcoming in the eye of adversity. Jamie will leave behind a real buzz in the room.
Jamie arrived at Kymin View fully armed and ready to deliver an inspirational session for the children. His ability to engage pupils from the off is incredible…not using any traditional teaching approaches of course, that would not suit Jamie. You see, these guy just has a way of removing barriers that could be considered awkward, making them instead, accessible, real and relevant. He was in and out of all his various chairs, up on his crutches and back on the floor showing children how he manoeuvred. He answered every question posed and allowed the children to try his chairs out at the end of the session. His message was very strong and clear: ‘What do you do if you fall over?’ he questioned the children at the end of the session. ‘Get back up,’ responded the children with a cheer. And weeks later, his message is still at the very forefront of the children’s minds. When other children get stuck in class you will hear another pupil say, ‘remember it doesn’t matter if you fall over, you just have to get back up and try again.’ Such an inspirational person who has certainly changed the lives of our pupils and staff. Thank you Jamie
Jamie brings the focus of the room to that of team work is key achieve your ending goal. He looks at setting realistic goals and targets to aim for but are also achievable. He demonstrates his belief that planning and preparation is key to success. Jamie shares his stories of how he set himself high targets to reach and how failing was the key to how he reached his ultimate goals.
I recently had the pleasure of reacquainting myself with Jamie at a talk he gave about his journey at Best of Torfaen breakfast at Grenmeadow Golf Club. Last time I met him before this a couple of years ago, we sat next to each other at a breakfast, that was the last time I saw him able-bodied. All I can say is how courageous he is, to turn a potentially negative experience into a very positive and empowering one. Jamie’s desire to help others above himself is extremely heartwarming and I will continue to support him on his further exploits. If you haven’t had the opportunity to meet or hear him speak make the effort to do so.Brian Fakir
On the 16th December I was at The Bestof Torfaen networking breakfast where I meet Jamie I was inspired by being in his company. Jamie delivered a ten minute inspiration talk on his life before and after his accident that revealed that if have a desire to live life to the full, whatever your circumstances, you are your own restriction.
I am looking forward to meet Jamie in January at Cymru Associates network lunch.Roger E Daniels
Jamie can interact and engage with any audience young or old. With each age group he takes a different approach in-order to win over the audience. Relaxed in any situation. Jamie talks about what he has experienced, how his journey has inspired him and about the people that have been so influential in his success.
” Jamie is an inspiration! He recently came to speak to my Ladies Group where he amazed us all with the story of how he faced the challenges of his newly diagnosed condition by giving himself yet more challenges. His easy, relaxed presentation left the ladies buzzing with enthusiasm; after making him promise to return when he has completed his next big challenge to tell us all about it.”Teresa Davies
Jamie is a keen sportsman and has been very successful. Started out Playing for Cardiff Celts wheelchair basketball team. Now playing for Cardiff Archers Wheelchair basketball team in the national league. Jamie has played for Wales in Wheelchair Rugby 7’s, making up the squad for the home-nations cup. Also a handcyclist Jamie has cycled for the south welsh team competing in events such as the Carten 100 in 2015. Jamie shares his stories of what team sport means to him. The feeling of success. How his team mates support him. Offering him a strong balance foundation when he needed to overcome some of life’s hardest challenges.
I have had the immense and amazing opportunity of being a part of Jamie’s journey in the past 2 years. I was with him originally for the first Waat4 of 2015 and was alongside him again on the second attempt of 2016. The experience as a whole was very rewarding and emotional. I loved every moment; not just because I was honoured to be apart of the team in doing something incredible but because of the time I spent with Jamie, Natalie, Jake and Toni to name a few. These people are truly inspirational and made the journey that much more rewarding and amazing. Furthermore, I have never felt such a rush of adrenaline, pride and achievement than when I crossed that finish line with the entire team. A truly emotional and incredible experience which I am forever going to be proud of doing and will never forget for the rest of my life.