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Posted on 23 01 2014

Paralympic Debut!

I’ve worked as an outdoor instructor since leaving school a decade ago. In that time Ive accumulate d a fair few sets of proper outdoorsy socks. The ones that have lasted, and are the most of comfortable have always been the Bridgedales. Maybe I’m just fond of them because I grew up in County Down and now live across the water!

Before Christmas in 2012 my wife and I decided to treat ourselves, firstly to two weeks of skiing over Christmas the other treat was new ski socks!

On the first day of the second week I managed to break my back after misjudging the speed over one of the jumps in the snow park. This resulted in a spinal cord injury leaving me an incomplete paraplegic.

After a helicopter ride, 12 hours of surgery, 4 blood transfusions and an air ambulance back to the UK I was left at Stoke Mandeville hospital until May.

I had impaired everything from the T12 vertebrae down. This meant movement, sensation, pain, circulation and temperature regulation where all up the left.

This is where my new ski socks came into play! Lying in hospital with freezing cold feet, despite being made to wear ted stockings for three months, I resorted back to my All Mountain Bridgedale’s

Now over a year down the line, I still wear Bridgedale every day, when I train with the GB Paracanoe team both in the gym and on the water.gedales.

I started racing boats after getting out of hospital, in fact after three weeks training I competed at the National regatta, where I came second. The plan now is to make it to Rio where the sport makes its Paralympic debutĀ .

Thanks Bridgedale for keeping my feet warm on the mountains, in hospital and on the water!

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