5 years ago I lay in a hospital bed with two dislocated shoulders, that essentially ended my professional rugby career, an email came through from medical school saying my studies where terminated as I was unable to pass my practical exam with my broken shoulders. And later that day my dad came down with a fever and was taken to hospital where we found out he had cancer. In 24 hours I lost my pro contract, I was kicked out of medical school, lost my honours standing and my sports scholarship and I was losing my dad!
I wanted to give up so many times. I would break down during the day in tears and I didn't believe I would ever bounce back. It was some of the darkest days of my life. But it is at these moments in life your character is tested! There is no shame in failure the shame is in giving up.
I had 6 surgeries in 2 years! My dad battled through 6 cycles of chemotherapy! I borrowed money, I worked 2 jobs in my last year at uni to pay for my rehab and treatment. I had to fight appeal after appeal to be allowed back into medical school! This year I have balanced working 80 hour weeks on the wards and still train every day. When others would have their annual leave I would spend mine working extra shifts to pay for extra coaching sessions and to pay for me to be able to compete.
My dad is in remission, I have just been signed off for my foundation training and I ve just landed a dream job working as a doctor in Australia! I have become the Scottish champion the English champion the 2 time British champion and recently the 2 time European champion and I'm on my way to go fight for a world title!
I wouldn't be in this position without the support and love my family, friends and coaches have shown me! I need thank @jasontanmma and @the_mma_academy for picking up a broken man and believing in me from day one! I want thank my team mates @griphouse and my coach @garrychristiebjj who has worked with me one on one for months! My nutrition coach @marcos_g_dominguez for getting me into shape! And @tnutrition For always sorting me out with supplements! My best mates you guys know who you are! It's time for redemption! #andthenew #bjj #roadtotheworlds #mytime