Twenty-one years ago Paul was involved in a motorbike accident that, while lucky to survive, left him paraplegic. Initially it felt like a major setback but, on reflection, he feels it may have opened many doors, which previously he would not have considered, in particular his ability to inspire others.

In 2005 he set the world record for the longest “wheelie” in a wheel chair, at an amazing distance of eight miles. He has also designed and fitted retractable stabilisers to his 1000cc sports motorbike enabling him to ride again.

Being awarded a FSDP scholarship has taught me so much more than just learning to fly. One of the most important things I have come to understand is, there is so much more to learn… and not just about flying … it’s all about one’s own personal desire to achieve”

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