On 9 May 2009, Mark was involved in a motorbike accident damaging his spinal cord and leaving him in a wheelchair. Although his disability changed his life he was determined not to let it get the better of him.

He has been hooked on aviation since age seven when his father bought him his first remote controlled aircraft; they would spend every weekend building and flying these models. When his father took up paragliding he would go up with him at every chance he could, until prevented by his accident.

“It is difficult to describe in words what a scholarship will do for my life. To be able to learn to fly with my disability; something I have always wanted to do, would be really amazing. It would prove to me that this dreadful injury can’t stop me doing anything”

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