After developing a chronic pain condition, Jamie made the difficult decision to undergo a below-knee amputation in September 2016 and subsequently needed a revision surgery in September 2017. As part of his rehabilitation following surgery, Jamie has learnt how to walk with his prosthesis. Going forward, he will require a number of different prostheses specific to his sporting needs to enable him to train to his full potential. Jamie uses a Blade XT running blade from Blatchfords clinic in Basingstoke.
Jamie competes internationally for Judo under the 'Special Needs' category, without the use of his prosthesis. British Judo do not currently have separate competitions for those with physical disabilities so Jamie generally competes against those with mild learning difficulties. At a National level, Jamie achieved a silver medal at the British Judo Championships as well as a silver medal at his debut international Judo competition in November 2017. Jamie is currently the only lower-limb amputee in the world to compete internationally and he hopes to continue representing his country at an international level.
As well as Judo, Jamie also competes internationally for Obstacle Course Racing. He is a Tough Mudder Ambassador and has completed the most courses out of any other UK adaptive athlete. In 2018, he has planned to complete 5 competitive 8 hour endurance races, as well as World's Toughest Mudder, a 24-hour endurance race.
In order to achieve his goals, Jamie will need to work with throws, strength & conditioning coaches, sports therapists, and nutritionists to ensure he remains healthy, injury free and can compete to the best of his ability. Whilst Jamie is determined to work hard to fund his athletics ambition, the cost of training and the sports specific prosthesis will require additional support through sponsorship, fundraising and donations. Jamie has already been very active across a number of social media platforms, which has resulted in him receiving coverage by national print media and the BBC.
Jamie’s ambition is to be a role model to other young people who are in similar situations to his. He wants to inspire them to believe that they can overcome challenges and see the opportunities open to them in both the world of work and sport. He challenges stereotypes which people may associate with his impairment and his acceptance speech for his Gold Duke of Edinburgh award was an inspiration to two hundred people and has lead him to meeting with the Royal Family. He intends to continue to engage people through events, social media and his BBC documentary.
"Really good, he spoke and engaged with the children well. His story of perseverance was well received and a strong message to all of us."– Rob Brooks, Lord Williams's
''It was a pleasure to meet you - you are incredibly inspirational, and I know that the young people really appreciated what you had to say.''– Georgia Woolford, DofE, PR & Communications Officer
"Jamie is a fantastic individual to work with and his inspiration clearly spreads to other students. He motivates others through sharing his incredible story and he is an asset to any school."– Bernard Reed, CEO, GIRES Charity
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