Very early on into Jamie’s journey he made Sport a focus. Initially as a way to connect with others. Jamie quickly found that sport was a fantastic form of positive mental therapy and helped him improve his confidence and created a positive environment.
Jamie’s sporting Journey started with Wheelchair Basketball. Quickly adding Rugby and Handcycleing to the list. Jamie was still not finished. Discovering Squash he used that alongside Physiotherapy to improve his mobility. He soon set his sights to the mountains, rekindling his love for Adventure.
In each area Jamie has shown a flare for success. He Never lets things slow him down or stop him. Jamie’s past as an engineer has meant he has a fantastic ability to look at a problem and will find away to get around the obstetrical he is faced with. This same quality has also given Jamie the understanding that to succeed you have to first fail.
Jamie Started playing Basketball as a way of meeting and interacting with other people who have disabilities.
Within months he was a signed player for the Cardiff Celts Wheelchair basketball Team. Making up part of the 2nd team Jamie took the opportunity to learn the sport and became a key player.
After his first season at the Celts Jamie was invited to play on the 1st team! A reserve player going on to winning the playoffs. While still signed and playing as part of the clubs 2nd team. Jamie continued his journey in the sport and improving every step of the way. At the start of Jamie’s 3rd basketball season he transferred to the Cardiff Met Archers. He became part of the first team. Spending most of the season as a sub player making up part of the teams bench.
Jamie enjoyed this more relaxed position. Making the most of his time on the bench Watching the rest of his team. This helped him by identifying key skills he wanted to develop. To improve his game Jamie took the chance to use his coach and tuned his attention developing his key skills.
Jamie now proudly plays as part of the starting 5 for the Cardiff Met Archers. Currently active in the South League playing in division 2.
Jamie was asked to try out for the Wheelchair Rugby 7’s team based on his enthusiasm playing basketball. Jamie’s quality in a chair was his speed and lack of fear, soon finding himself fitting very well into the active and highly contacted wheelchair sport.
Jamie was signed for the Welsh Squad and selected to play as part of the starting team. Capped for wales in the Wheelchair Home-nations tournament in August 2014. 8 months after becoming disabled. Playing for his country against England, Ireland and Scotland Jamie stated:
My proudest sporting moment was looking into the crowd and seeing my father and brother watching. Both of the Welsh Rugby fans. My Father who was ill at the time was there to witness me score a conversion from the half way line against England.
Jamie found his way into Handcycling as away to beat depression. Introduced to the sport by a close friend Jamie soon formed a love for this new gained freedom and by the February 2015 he had completed his first sponsored event.
Jamie was approached at the beginning of March by the team manager of the South Wales handcycling team and asked if he would consider joining them on the Carten 100 event in June of that year.
Jamie signed and competed in the event and completed the 100 mile course in 13 hours. stating this was by far the hardest thing he has ever attempted.
SquashJamie was asked to take part in Squash as away of developing the sport for Disability.Using the same wheelchair as basketball he already had the chair skills to navigate the small court. As there was no actual sport it was a case of starting from scratch. New rules and new techniques. Jamie worked alongside coaches to look at ways to develop the game to best suit different abilities.
very quickly Jamie realised he could use squash to work alongside his ongoing physiotherapy. Helping to improve his balance and mobility. now with the help of specially developed calipers Jamie plays stood up.
Soon Jamie wanted to push his limitations. Fuelled by the ambition of being able to compete against able bodied players Jamie decided to put aside his disadvantages and started to play by the standard rules.
Being picked up by a coach Jamie was offered the time and expertise to help develop his game skills and ball control. The idea was that Jamie could develop his own technique. Instead of letting his disability hinder him him he would use ball control to control the game,
Within 12 months of playing Jamie had the opportunity to play in his first tournament. Loosing every game Jamie discovered key areas he needed to work on. In his second tournament he won 3 out of his 9 games and even won his first match.
Jamie has not only managed to push himself but has managed to inspire and drive a whole club, something he is very proud of.
Before Jamie became ill he was very much a born adventurer. Time served in the Army and a mother and father who loved to explore. Jamie always felt the happiest when out in the fresh air.
Once his passion was rekindled Jamie refused to hold back. Climbing several mountains in a wheelchair. Going into the sea and even jumping 15000 feet out of an aeroplane. Jamie took no time at all in making his mark as someone who will try anything.
His achievements in 2015 made headlines and found him as a guest on several radio shows. Setting himself a new adventurous challenge every month for a year he soon gained the attention of the media. Winning awards for greatest achievements Jamie showed that its heart that will lead the way.
Raising over £250,000 for charity Jamie is always looking for new and exciting challenges to test his limits and now heading into 2018 it will be interesting to see what he dose next.