A DONCASTER man who was told that he would never be able to train again has shocked experts by gaining Elite Athlete status at the age of 44.
Garry Wright, owner of N-Gage, a company set up to train athletes, suffered horrific injuries in Iceland in 2006 while competing in a Moto Cross event.
Now, despite breaking his rotator cuff, forearm, three ribs, a thumb and his neck and three years of inactivity due to his injuries, he has been ranked as an elite athlete, among the top five percent of the male population.
Garry, from Wroot, who has been given use of the Doncaster Dome to train, said: “A year ago I was told by doctors and those in the industry that I would never be able to train again. I can’t tell you how depressing that thought was.
“My weight had risen to almost 16 stone and here I was training athletes and champions but unable to do anything myself. I decided that I was going to challenge what I’d been told and this spurred me on.
“I spoke to the managers at the Dome, and when they heard what I was aiming to achieve they decided to help me out and let me use the facilities there for free.
“In the space of a year, a very tough year, I have trained and trained and a couple of weeks ago, working with the Centre For sports Science in Sheffield same people who helped boxer Amir Khan and 2012 Olympics team, I achieved Elite athlete status.
“After the accident my goals were to ride again, which I did within three months, to get my weight down to 13 stone, which I have achieved.
“At 44, I am the oldest Moto Cross rider ever to gain this status. I am thrilled.”