In 2008 Paul Stewart was sent plummeting 200ft off a cliff by an avalanche that left him paralysed from the waist down. Doctors told him that he would never walk again.
This August, after intense training and determination, the former Stoke Mandeville Spinal Injuries patient is taking on his IronSpine challenge; a triathlon culminating in a climb of the cliff that broke him.
A keen sportsman, no-one could have predicted the terrible accident that would change Paul’s life forever aged just 27. But such was his determination to get ‘back on his feet’ that he is now, despite being paralysed and with no feeling below the knee, able to walk with the aid of two walking sticks and leg braces.
The inspirational man will be starting his incredible challenge from the spiritual home of the Paralympics, Stoke Mandeville Stadium next Tuesday (August 6).
Just one year ago Paul had walked no further than a mile, but after months of rehabilitation at the Spinal Injuries Unit he is now ready to attempt a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile cycle a 26.2-mile walk and one cliff-face climb.
The challenge will start with the swim at Stoke Mandeville Stadium and end in La Plagne, the scene of his lifechanging fall – the first time he has been back since.
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