A Grantham man who was paralysed following a road accident has turned his life around and is now training hard as a hand cyclist with the ultimate aim of taking part in the Paralympics in 2020.
Dan Metcalfe-Hall, 28, was involved in a serious motorbike accident in 2013 when he suffered a spinal cord injury at Edenham. After operations at the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham, he underwent rehabilitation in just three-and-a-half months at Sheffield’s Northern General Hospital.
As a result he has since been keen to pay something back by raising money for the air ambulance and the Sheffield hospital.
As well as taking part in regular hand cycling competitions Dan is involved in numerous fund-raising endeavours. He has a skydive and a wing walk lined up. He even wants to be slung underneath a helicopter and flown the length of the country but thinks that even the powers that be might not allow that one.
Dan’s main focus is on the 2020 Paralympics in Tokyo, but he needs a massive boost from a corporate sponsor to help him out. His handcycle costs £10,000 and kit and replacement parts cost a fortune.
Dan is on a pathway programme training for the Paralympics. He has been testing with British Cycling and attends a training camp at Loughborough eight times a year.
Last week he was training hard with record-holding handcyclist Kenny Herriot who hails from Scotland. They hit the roads around Grantham before a weekend of events in London.
At the weekend they both took part in the handcycle Elite Grandprix against the top cyclists at the Lee Valley Velo track and then in a 46 mile event on Sunday alongside the riders in the RideLondon100 event.
Of his Paralympic aspirations, Dan said: “I have got a shot at it. There are only four of us on the programme.
“Handcyclists are like a family. We are all really good friends until that start line when we all hate each other!”
Kenny believes Dan has the ability and temperament to make it all the way to the Paralympics. He said: “If he keeps training properly and keeps working hard, and he believes in himself, he can do what he wants. He is dedicating his life to it and he loves being in shape and being fit and that is half the battle. As long as you can put yourself through the pain barrier you can do it.”
Dan said: “The biggest thing for me would be to get a corporate sponsor. I need about £6,000 for running costs over the year.”
To support Dan and his charities go to gogetfunding.com/wheelsdan/
If you would like to be Dan’s corporate sponsor call him on 07717 7751734.