At the age of 24, Steve was forced to re-evaluate and rebuild his life after a spinal cord injury left him paralysed from the chest down and unable to walk. While rehabilitating at Stoke Mandeville Hospital he watched a wheelchair rugby match and was inspired to take up the sport. Steve is now one of the most recognised faces in disability sport, and having featured in numerous television broadcasts, including presenting for Channel 4 at the Rio Paralympics and recently appearing on the One Show. In addition he has worked extensively with young people as a Sky Sports Living for Sport Mentor.
“Sport has helped me grow in confidence, self-control and self-belief, and this is what I convey to the young people I meet. Through having the opportunity to learn that athletes are only human and have had to overcome their own problems, the young people can relate and listen to the messages the athletes are getting across. I want to help the young people I meet and show them what can be achieved if you set your mind to it.”
It was a pleasure to hear from such an inspirational speaker and we would also like to congratulate all those Year 12 students whose awards he presented.