Jonny is an elite para-athlete and explorer, a former British Army Officer and ultra-distance runner. His goal now is to become the first ever disabled person to reach the South Pole solo, unsupported and unassisted.
In 2014, Jonny had a brain bleed that left him paralysed from the neck down on his left side. Following extensive rehabilitation and discharge from the Army, he returned to the world of elite sport as a disabled athlete, competing for Great Britain in Cross Country Skiing. He competes at a National level in climbing, and has guided alpine touring events in the Alps.
Jonny is also a sport scientist with interests in psychology, physiology and nutrition and a performance coach to both athletes and non-athletes alike, as well as being sought after as a speaker and mentor for his expertise in leadership and teamwork.
With his first passion being endurance sport, Jonny has returned to the world of long distance, multi-day challenges, proving that physical disability is no barrier to achievement. His aim is to inspire others to think beyond the conventional, and not let their circumstances limit their ambition.
”First and foremost, I’m an athlete. My injury hasn’t changed this. It may cause me to rethink my approach towards training or a certain event, but intrinsically the challenge is the same – with the right attitude and hard work, anything is achievable”
Jonny’s recent accomplishments include competing in 2017 and 2019 IPC World Cup events, ranking 43rd in the World in Para Cross Country Skiing, multiple Visma Ski Classic series finishes, and 3rd place in the GB Para Climbing Championships in both 2019 and 2020. He has guided for the alpine ski touring challenge event Everest in the Alps in 2018, ‘19 and ‘20.