Inspiring and supporting young people seriously injured through sport

Anna Turney

ANNA TURNEY

In 2006 my life was turned upside down. I was 26 and aspiring to become a professional snowboarder, but whilst competing in a boardercross competition in Japan, I crash landed a 30 foot tabletop jump. The next day, the doctor told me I’d broken my back had a 98% chance that I would never walk again.

Not walking wasn’t a major concern but I was devastated by the thought that I’d never snowboard again or achieve my sporting dreams. I lay in hospital watching one of my competitors compete in the Turin Olympic Games; that was one of the hardest experiences of my life.

I met Matt during my 3 months of rehab in Stoke Mandeville and I also spoke to a Paralympic Alpine Skier and decided to try the sport. A year later I discovered just how challenging monoskiing is but I knew I’d discovered a new passion. I went from feeling as if my life was over to setting new goals to work towards, becoming a Paralympic skier.

After three years of intensive training with the British Disabled Ski Team, I was delighted to finish 6th in Slalom in the 2010 Vancouver Paralympics read more...

PAUL ALLEN

We were made aware of Paul a former Professional footballer from Alex Bennett a friend of Matt's...

BEN LEI'A

Ben was a very promising rugby player with the Marist Club in Samoa. He had...

KEVIN HARTIE

My name is Kevin Hartie, I am 35 years old and live in Essex. I've recently completed...

CHARLIE HUMPHREYS

I'm 22 years old and suffered a spinal cord injury whilst skiing on Christmas eve. I was then 21 and…...