Many of you won't know much, if anything, about me or what has brought me to this stage of my life, nor why I'm aiming with my team to complete, on April 13th 2014, what will be a unique, world-first hat-trick of events. On 4th April 2004, aged 17, I made my rugby league debut for the London Broncos Academy at King Cross Fields in Halifax. It was my first, and only game for the club, and it was to last just 20 seconds.
Be it fate, or just how life was meant to be for me, but I was to suffer a broken neck just after kick off, leaving me fighting for my life. I was lucky… Dr John Lynagh was on the touchline, and realising the seriousness of the situation, kept me alive until the Yorkshire Air Ambulance arrived. Yorkshire Air Ambulance used their medical and flying expertise to transfer me to Leeds General Infirmary where I underwent emergency surgery. My spinal cord was irreparably damaged by dislocated vertebrae, leaving me paralysed from the neck down and requiring a ventilator to breathe. What followed was a nine-month stay in the National Spinal Injuries Centre, Stoke Mandeville, where I did my best to begin the process of rebuilding my life.