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Andy Ibbott

Andy Ibbott

1/2 a brain, 1/2 body and still walking a Marathon or two!

Before Andy had his stroke, he was talking to people about the motorcycles they rode. He was the Manager Director of the long-standing California Superbike School. He also spent 6 years as a motorcycle journalist. Riding the newest and latest bikes for that time included Haga Yamaha R7 to Ducati 955 to Honda Fireblade for Fast Bikes and MCN (Motorcycles News.) He literally lived life in the fast lane!

Life changed overnight when he went for a route operation and one artery to the brain was cut. He was put in ICU (Intense Care Unit) and his family were told that he had a 5% chance of living. 10 days in ICU and 6 months in the stroke unit, he was let out unable to walk or could only speak three words. Yes, His mind was active! He had half a brain and half a body (right side) but was still active!

Since then, Andy has recovered and is embracing new challenges. In 2022 he will climb to Everest Base Camp, 17,000 feet from sea level and Andy is scared of heights! He is also walking in Marathons (1 in MDS and 1/2 MDS and Tour de Trigs). He has completed a 150-meter swim in open water, but he cannot swim. 6 weeks before he started to train. 6 weeks late he accomplished and finished his first swimming challenge! He is training for the London Marathon on April 21st 2024.

He is STILL riding a motorbike and has appeared on TV (BBC 2, Employable Me). He has appeared on various Pod Casts, the recent one is Off Track Podcast No 150.

He is also teaching or coaching is a more accurate term. Coaching with the British Superbike, World Superbike and MotoGP and FAB (6 to 12 years old), all racing motorbikes.

Testimonials from Teachers

"So glad it was a good crowd, I have good feedback from the group.Thanks again."

– Richard, Director, Kettering & District Stroke Group

"Many thanks Andy and thank you also for your very inspirational talk! It certainly is a reminder of what can be achieved when we just keep trying."

– Suzanne Churcher, Clinical Teacher amd Specialist Speech and Language Therapist, Sheffield University

"I found the talk very inspiring. Andy Ibbott is a truly amazing man and his life story is fascinating. He interacted with the audience a lot by asking questions that made us think. I find it motivating how he suffered something so catastrophic and got back up."

– Adam Jenkins, Lower School Housemaster, Abingdon School

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