Ian Walker was an avid Football fan , referee and coach but in early December 2006 his life took an unexpected turn. Until then he was running marathons and was a nationally ranked football (soccer), referee.
On that Wednesday morning he got on his road cycle and went for a ride during which he cycled head first into the rear of a truck and trailer resulting in me suffering a spinal cord injury at T3/4 (mid thoracic) level and requiring a wheelchair for mobility.
This was a huge body blow, being no longer able to use his legs. However life must and does go on and he soon realised that this was his new normal and it was better for me to get on with life.
The issue for him was to replace my running with another activity.
He discovered handcycling and fell in love with it as it enables him to continue with his love of long distance physical exertions.
Since then he has successfully completed the TCS New York City Marathon and Buller Gorge Marathon twice each and the ASB Christchurch City Marathon once. He now lives his life to the following creed ‘do not let what you cannot do stop you from doing what you can’. This is, he believes, a mindset that all can adopt as life is what you make it.
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