Jamie's story is as much about the tiny steps to recovery, like being able to clean your own teeth, as it is about his brave return to mountain climbing, taking up marathon running and planning new challenges like skiing across Greenland. When you hear him speak you and your team will be motivated by his ability to find the positive in everything, helping others to cope with change and overcome difficulties. He says, “The first year was really hard...I had a lot of guilt... but if you offered me my hands and feet back now, I’d say no for sure."
Jamie was brought up in Scotland working as a manager in a Rope Access Company on large building projects. An active mountaineer and rock climber his life took a dramatic turn in 1999 while attempting to climb the North face of Les Droites in the Alps. After the tragic death of his friend and a quadruple amputation Jamie learned to come back from this catastrophic loss. He has gone on to climb again, taking on numerous remarkable challenges including climbing Kilimanjaro in the first ever all-disabled mountaineering expedition and attempting to scale the 14,500-foot Matterhorn. He has run the London Marathon, raising thousands of pounds for charity and plans to ski across Greenland.
Jamie has the RADAR (Royal Association for Disability and Rehabilitation) People of the Year Award 2000
He won the winner of a Junior Chamber of Commerce Young Scotland Personal Achievement Award.
In 2002 he was the overall winner of the Lloyds TSB / Sunday Mail Great Scot Award.
Inspirational. gifted, inspiring, meaningful, relaxed. He has spoken to audiences ranging from Tetrapak to Pepsicola.
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"Your talk was particularly inspirational and a fitting note on which to end the Conference."