Professional sportsman and inspirational speaker
I’m a professional sportsman and inspirational speaker because…
I’ve never allowed the obstacles in my life stop me from achieving my goals.
When I was three, meningitis left me profoundly deaf, but, with the help of the National Deaf Children’s Society, my parents created an environment in which I flourished.
Football gave me confidence, but I excelled at pool, and at 21 became the youngest world pool champion. I then built up a property portfolio to support my family, and I was the first deaf person to trek to the North Pole on foot for charity.
I have a cochlear implant and I lip-read. I glean information through people’s expressions, so I always try and place myself in a position where I can see them clearly.
I am now an inspirational speaker and hope my story will motivate others. It’s important to aim for your dream, but remember to focus on one step at a time, be resilient, and never give up hope.