In 1997 Simon joined the Army as a combat medic, they taught him to soldier and how to save life. He discovered his true passions in the Army, sport and adventurous training. He enjoyed triathlon, but loved competing in cross country skiing. In 2009 his life changed forever after he received injuries from an explosion. With help, he rebuilt his life and threw himself into different challenges. Later, he became a volunteer ambassador for several service charities. He wanted to give back and repay the help he received.
‘As a guest speak for this year’s event, I will be talking about how I received my injuries in Afghanistan; what it took to save my life on the ground and then in the main hospital in Camp Bastion. My rehabilitation began at Selly Oak Hospital and with an amazing team around me, including friends, family and an incredible medical team I made a rapid recovery. You’ll find out what I’ve learnt from this journey and how to look at life slightly differently’.