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    Shaun Gash

    OCR Adaptive Athlete

    Where are you from?
    Lancaster, Lancashire

    Fun Facts

    • Favourite Food

      - Chinese

    • Favourite Film

      - Cool Runnings

    • Favourite Music

      - Coldplay

    • Favourite Book

      - Autobiography - Bob Marley

    • Dream Holiday Destination

      - Seychelles

    • Who are the most important people in your life?

      - My family

    • Favourite TV Show

      - And and Dec Saturday Night Takeaway

    • When you aren't training, what are you doing?

      - Spending quality time with my family

    • Any other hobbies?

      - Sky diving, and looking at taking up Kayaking

    Background

    24 years ago my life changed, some would say for the worst but for me on reflection for the better. I was involved in a road traffic accident where I was a back seat passenger. The car turned over and threw me out of the back window where I sustained some major injuries, breaking my shoulder; ribs puncturing my lungs and breaking my spine at T5/6 vertebrae leaving me completely paralysed from my chest down and at the time only given 2 days to live. I was 20 and thought my life was over.

    I spent 5 1/2 months in Southport Spinal Injuries hospital and a further 3 1/2 years in a rehab home for spinal injuries. But every cloud has a silver lining and I met my best friend, soul mate and wife Dawn at the rehab home. We have been married for 20  years, have 16 year old twins; Sharna and Kyle, and an 11 year old, Niamh.

    Interview

    Have you always been into fitness?

    I have always been involved with sport and fitness from my school days where I was captain of the rugby, volleyball, cricket, swimming teams.

    Now involved with Coaching Juniors for the Lancaster Bulldogs Wheelchair Basketball Team and also training for Obstacle Course racing, being the first wheelchair adaptive athlete to compete and complete in the first UK Championships 2015.

    How did you get involved with the various challenges you’ve completed?

    My involvement with Obstacle Course Racing came about with watching my wife complete a course 2 years ago and I thought that I would love to be able to compete in an OCR, never hearing of any wheelchair competitor take part before. I started my journey and completed my first 10km, 30 obstacle Born Survivor course at Lowther Castle.

    Best/most memorable achievement so far?

    Best achievement so far must be completing the UK Championships 2015

    Most memorable is defiantly sky diving 15000 ft for charity

    What are your ambitions for 2016 and beyond?

    Are to qualify for the 2016 UK OCR Championships

    Complete the first World Team OCR Championships in September, London

    Be the first wheelchair athlete to complete the Cataran Yomp June , 54 mile Marine Yomp

    Be the first paraplegic to push up Mount Kilimanjaro 15 August

    Who are your sporting & non sporting role models?

    Sporting role model - Tania Gray Thompson

     

    Non sporting role model - Bear Grylls

    Tell us something that most people don’t know about you?

    At the age of 15 I canoed the Zambezi River

    Can you describe the feeling when you made a great improvement/achievement in your sport/activity and what it was?

    The sense of pride, elation and determination was the feeling when I completed my first OCR

    What are you top three sport nutrition tips?

    1. Drink plenty of water
    2. Monitor your sugar and salt intake
    3. Plenty of fruit and vegetables

    What are your top three training tips?

    1. Warm up before exercise
    2. Listen to your body
    3. Stretch and cool down at the end

    Why do you use Beet It Sport and how has it helped you?

    Beet It is 100% natural ingrediants so I can trusted to ensure my body is having natural juices to help me train.

    How important to you is it that it is natural?

    100% important!

    Have you tried the full range and if so which product do you use the most and why?

    Beetroot Sports shots are the main products as I train 6 days a week and compete on a regular basis in OCR’s and wheelchair basketball