On 20th August 2008, Adrian’s life struck disaster. After going to bed that night, he woke up to find himself in the middle of a hospital, surrounded by doctors and nurses days later. He was told he survived a serious brain haemorrhage due to a dermoid tumour which was in the core of his brain and was inoperable. Nine spinal taps later, doctors confirmed their worst fears which was that the brain haemorrhage had caused chemical meningitis which left Adrian with speech, balance, and stroke like is-sues, without any warning Adrian’s life had changed forever. He was unable to function as he used to, and his only way of getting around was in the confines of a wheelchair.
For most people this would have left them depressed, however Adrian has only been positive since the incident. By January of 2009, Adrian was home full time and wanting to rebuild his life. The first thing on his list was to learn to speak, read and write again, and then to feel physically better by getting his body working again by strength exercises. By June 2009 he was back in the gym and regaining his strength. One day Adrian was looking on the internet at home for disabled sports and came across a Talent Transition Day at Brunel
University, this event was sponsored by GB Paralympics in the hope of finding future athletes, and Adrian decided to pursue a career in sport, something he had always loved.
Adrian was one of thousands of applicants to apply and he was selected and invited to the camp. Adrian tried 14 Paralympic sports such as basketball, tennis and shooting, but it was wheelchair fencing that he took to like a duck to water. He was invited to a weekend training camp at Stoke Mandeville where he would train with Great Britain’s best and loved it. He was then asked to compete in his first national competition back at the Olympic Village 6 weeks later in October, where he won his first Silver Medal. His second competition in November proved he had talent by beating seasoned Great British and International athletes to win his first Gold. He was chosen for the GB team at the end of 2009. Adrian has won a total of 2 Gold and 3 Silver medals. Adrian has held various sporting titles including National Championships, Great Britain’s Number One positions amongst others.
Adrian is an ambassador for 4 charities Warrington Disability Partnership, BrainWave, Warrington Wolves Foundation, Stop Hate UK and is the official spokesperson for the Warrington Hate Crime Strategy. He also co-chairs the Disability Forum and has dedicated his spare time to coach over 3000 children in schools, colleges and for various charity organisations, including projects such as Total Sport, International Disability Awareness Day which brings children of all walks of life including those with disabilities, together through sport.
Adrian carried the Olympic Torch in 2012, and was part of the Paralympic Lantern event in the North West, which made him the only person in the UK to be actively involved in both celebrations.
Adrian continues his work throughout the world guest lecturing in schools, colleges, universities, talking about such topics as His Life, Sport, The “Can Do”, “I Can” Ethos, Disability Awareness, Motivational Speaking, Hate Crime and the affects it has on its victims.
Adrian’s latest campaign is to hand cycle over 1000 miles around the UK and the Isle Of Man promoting his charity work and talking to schools, sports clubs, universities about Hate Crime, Disability Awareness, Sport, Health & Wellbeing as well as motivating children into being positive role models and the promotion of his motto “Inspire. Believe. Succeed.”