Torchbearer Profile: Martin Hewitt

23 June 2012, 05:00

Name: Martin Hewitt
Age: 30
Carrying the Torch: 23rd June through Manchester
Reason For Nomination: In 2007 Martin was shot through the shoulder and again through the foot leading his men in a battle with insurgents in Afghanistan.

His injuries left him with a paralysed right arm and unable to effectively command again on operations.

He quickly decided to use adaptive sport to assist with his rehabilitation.

Over the following 2 years he underwent 13 operations and regained his fitness whilst improving his sporting performance in Skiing and Athletics.

In 2009 he began competing at international level and decided to focus on ski racing to become competitive at the highest level possible.

It was in 2009 that he won the first ever bursary offered by British Airways Great Britons programme as part of the Combined Services Disabled Ski Team.

Today Martin represents Great Britain and the military as the team Captain for the Combined Services Disabled Ski Team and as an athlete on the British Disabled Ski Team.

More recently, Martin has taken on a number of other challenges including marathons, endurance bike rides and was part of the record breaking WWTW expedition to the North Pole in 2011 shown on BBC 1 Called Harry's Arctic Heroes.

Martin is the expedition manager for WWTW's Mt Everest (8848m) attempt and has set another world record becoming the first disabled team to climb Mt Manaslu (8163m)

Martin's spoken to Capital FM about his thoughts on being nominated to carry the Olympic Torch through Manchester 

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