Jamie's Sporting Story
Jamie struggled a lot in the early days with his condition and how it effected his daily life. Jamie had described himself as a burden on his family, Society and most of all his wife at the time. After a incidence of bladder control Jamie attempted his own life.
This was the beginning of a turn in Jamie’s life that actually ended being the wake up call he needed. Laying in hospital after a very close encounter Jamie had time to reflect. A friend visited him in hospital and Jamie openly explains in his talks that he done something that day he had never done before.
He opened up about his feelings. He cried and talked, told someone how his condition made him feel and how he felt to others around him. Jamie’s friend simply replied with and invite to come and play Basketball.
There it was the life changing move. By end of March 2014 Jamie was playing Wheelchair Basketball for Cardiff team. Cardiff Celts, Now Cardiff Archers. By the August Jamie was signed to play Wheelchair Rugby for Wales.
Jamie was on top form. Soon he got his bug back for the hills and set about building a wheelchair to take on the mountains. Sugarloaf, Pen Y Fan what ever he could do.
Then Jamie found Hand-cycling. A Marathon, Carten100. Jamie was trying anything he could.
Jamie then found wheelchair Squash and has even progressed way beyond expectations.
Where is he now?
Jamie has now retired from Welsh rugby to concentrate on other sports such as Wheelchair Basketball where he still plays for Cardiff Met Archers in the 2nd division of the national league.
Jamie has hung up his Hand-cycle for the time being but his intention is to attempt the Carten100 once again only this time on two wheels so keep an eye on this space.
Jamie has taken squash to new levels, starting in a wheelchair Jamie then started to play on crutches as his balance was improving, as always for Jamie that was simply not enough and he has gone onto compete in the Welsh Open Master in December 2018, the Slovenian open masters in April 2019. Jamie is back on home ground again in December 2019 playing once again in the Welsh open Masters.
Jamie still stands as the only registered player with a lower limb impertinent.
And the mountains?
Jamie’s love has always been in the hills. Sugarloaf, Pen y Fan, Snowdon and Ben Nevis. Just to mention a few. Jamie has in turn attempted as many as he can, he has failed some and achieved others. He respects the mountain and knows that it will always be there another day.
Jamie’s biggest challenge will take place May 2020, Jamie will be leaving the UK to embark on the Mount Everest Base Camp along with Evertrek to raise awareness for CRPS and Burning Nights support charity.
Jamie has always been honest with himself whenever he attempts anything. There are two chances. Failure is always an option but not trying is simply not acceptable.