Meet Gus

I’m Gus Mckechnie and I really enjoy sport and outdoor activities, despite the fact that I was born with Cerebral Palsy. My disability is not a barrier to movement; in fact, I’m a ‘Get Outside’ champion for Ordnance Survey, where I work as a Customer Service Adviser.

I want to share my story with you throughout 2018, and will be blogging about the different activities I try and what the benefits are ….. and I’m not only talking about physical health benefits but mental well-being too.

Sport and physical activity has always been an important part of my life. I was told I wouldn’t be walking by the age of 30 and even though I take part in wheelchair sports I’m still on my feet at the age of 42. In fact I’m aiming to finish 40 challenges this year, which I set as a goal when I turned 40.

Over the years, physical activity has helped me with my academic performance. For example, when I took up American Football I went from being in the bottom to the top quarter of students at college in academic performance. From those early days, I went on to play for Great Britain in 1994.

Sport has also helped me deal with many challenges throughout my life; from relieving the trauma of abuse, to coping with the grief of losing my Mother, Father and Brother. I focussed on activity rather than medication to help support my mental health, and completed a number of challenges in their memory, including the New York Marathon five times, a row around the Isle of Wight, and two disability world records on a rowing machine.

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Since then I’ve cycled on Red Funnel ferries on my stationary bike (covering over 105,000 miles - four times the distance around the equator), played wheelchair rugby and got to grips with boxing fitness classes.

Undertaking all these activities gave me the confidence to take part in the first ever Simplyhealth Great South Wheelchair event in 2017, which is where my #millionsmoving journey begins. You’ll find the team’s story here.

But that’s just the start……In the coming months I aim, amongst other things, to swim with sharks, take on the Simplyhealth Great North and South Runs, a row, cycle, paddleboard and climbing challenge, swim and kayak through Durdle Door…. so please come back soon to see how I get on.

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