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SCI Superstar: Martyn Ashton

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Considered one of the best mountain bike athletes in the world, Martyn Ashton is new to living with a spinal cord injury but his spirit is strong as ever. In 1993 when he was just 19, he sprang on the mountain bike scene, and in later years he became one of the biggest YouTubers doing his long beloved sport.

But in 2013 his story took a turn, and Martyn, while filming a sequel to his all-time popular videos, broke his back. He hasn’t stopped doing what he loves though thanks to his longtime riding buddies. Read his awesome story below.

Why he’s fearless

Martyn, when he was a young boy from England, began his obsession of riding on bikes with motorbikes, but everything changed when in 1992 he discovered his true love – mountain bikes. He began competing in the mountain bike scene, and before he knew it he became the British trials champion. And in 2008, he was inducted into the UK Mountain Bike Hall of Fame.

As a YouTube star, his infamous 5 minute “Road Bike Party” video it what shot him to fame. Full of amazing stunts, it received over 11 million views. And it was riding a rail in September 2013, falling 3 meters, while filming the sequel to Road Bike Party when he broke his back.

Ironically, Martyn fractured vertebrae in his back 10 years prior, but was able to walk away without damage to his spinal cord. This time he wasn’t so lucky. After being rehab for five months, he went home, and the transition was tough.

Remembering all the Paralympic sports from the London 2012 Paralympics, he knew adaptive sports were something he could get into. But after trying several of them, including kayaking which he failed miserably at, he knew only one thing would make him happy, and that was returning to mountain biking.

And in early 2015, he finally made it happen. On an adapted 650 cc bike with a bucketed seat, much like the one you see on a mono-ski, he and four of his longtime buddies took a spin. And despite  being a T7 paraplegic with a minimal trunk control, he was able to balance the bike as it went down the mountain, using gravity as his minion.

They also strapped his legs to the bike, and after a quick lift onto the bike, he was ready to go. Red Bull was a sponsor and a GoPro captured the entire ride, including the huge smile on Martyn’s face which absolutely rocks. He may never be the elite athlete  he once was, and it may never even feel the same again (which he will admit), but he still absolutely loved getting back on his bike. You can watch the entire ride here

What’s next?

When he’s not riding, Martyn now works for the Global Cycling Network on YouTube. They’re the same channel that published his famous video. He is also working with the Wings for Life Foundation, one of the biggest spinal cord injury research charities in the UK. But he’s not waiting around for any kind of cure to move on with life. “I am a strong believer in the now,” as Martyn likes to say.

And we certainly don’t doubt him. Considering everything he’s done since his injury already and his literally famous panache, who knows what crazy stunts this never-say-die athlete may be up to next.

When you have the courage to return to the sport that injured you?

– Check out his site: TryBeforeJuly.com

– Follow him on Twitter: MartynAshton

Watch the videos

Martyn Ashton – Back On Track

Martyn Ashton – Back On Track – The Interview

Wheelchair Racing. Let’s Go

SCI Superstar: Jordan Bone

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Beauty comes in many forms and Jordan Bone, a C6 quad from Norfolk, UK, may be one of the best examples of this age old adage. Injured 10 years ago in a car accident when she was just 15, Jordan has gone on to become one of the internet’s rising makeup vloggers, and 2014 has been her year.

From being honored by the UK’s Prime Minister for her tireless work in road safety to being interviewed by some of UK’s top makeup artists, Jordan’s fame is skyrocketing. A popular motivational speaker for the Fixers organization as well, who knows what the future holds for this dynamic lady.

To see how a woman pulled herself out of depression with just a camera, high quality makeup and an eager audience, read on for the awesome story of Jordan Bone.

Why she’s fearless

Jordan was injured in a car accident, but the accident wasn’t her fault in the least. While walking down the side of a road with a girlfriend one afternoon, some male friends stopped and asked if they needed a ride. Jordan hesitated knowing the driver just got his license, but she agreed to ride him anyways.

The driver ended up driving too quickly, and crashing the car after hitting a puddle. Everyone in the car was ok except Jordan, who sustained a C6 injury. “I knew as I was lying there something was wrong,” she says, as she was trying to move but couldn’t. And after her initial rehab and going back home, Jordan was depressed like many of us also get, unsure of what kind of future held in store for her.

The one thing however that kept her sane in the hospital was keeping up on her makeup skills, which was not easy since she no longer had any finger movement. “There is so much I need help with in day-to-day life,” says Jordan, “being able to at least put on my makeup feels amazing.”

After attending university post-injury (and leaving because she wasn’t happy there), Jordan decided to do something creative with her life, and artistic expression though makeup is one of the things she enjoys the most. She founded her blog – Jordan’s Beautiful Life – a couple of years ago and made it an unique beauty blog, with everything from make-up tutorials to beauty product hauls, but from her SCI perspective.

What’s next?

Recently Jordan received over 10,000 subscribers to her YouTube channel; a huge feat for any blogger. And she was spotlighted by the Prime Minister of the UK on Twitter recently for her advocacy work with the Fixers organization, where she goes to high schools and driving programs talking about the importance of using caution when behind the wheel.

With a fresh face, her boyfriend, mom and her little doggies by her side, Jordan and is ready to take on the world, and gosh darn it does she make it look good.

Have you tried Jordan’s make-up tutorials?

– Visit her blog: Jordan’s Beautiful Life

Watch the videos!

‘AMAZING NOT INVINCIBLE:’ My Story

Get Ready With Me ~ Naked 3 Palette makeup tutorial

Jordan’s Vlog of her trip to Miami for biofeedback

#TuesdayChats – Staying positive with Jordan Bone (interview by Pixiewoo)