Talan Skeels-Piggins

Talan Skeels-Piggins is a winter paralympian and the world's first paraplegic motorcycle racer. Talan entered the history books in June 2012 when he became the first paraplegic to race a motorcycle in an able-bodied race. Paralyzed from the chest down in 2003, Talan was an active PE teacher and a serving Lieutenant in the Royal Navy Reserves. Within just eight days of being paralyzed, Talan claimed he would learn to ski, make the national team, and represent Great Britain at the 2010 Winter Paralympics. Seven years later he became Britain's highest-placing male skier in the Giant Slalom and Super G events at the 2010 Vancouver Paralympic Games. The following year he went on to become European Champion, and in 2013 became the first sitting skier to win international medals in both IPC Alpine and Boarder-Cross.