My future was a long, straight, monotonous, and predictable road, with not even a splash of colour to liven it up. As a child, I had always been very good at sport, specialising in sprinting at both school and county level. It wasn’t long before I was starting to compete at a national level, and I loved every minute of it. The coaching, prepping, training, the thrill of competing, the support from the crowd, and, of course the attention and popularity that I was receiving. At the age of 14 a talent spotter saw me at a national event, and my coaching and training went up to new levels. When I was 16, with my GCSE’s out of the way, my head coach came and asked me whether I was interested in competing in the World Championships, which were in 18 months’ time. I was ecstatic about it, and threw myself into the new training wholeheartedly, leaving school and making competing my life.
I was going to debut at the next Olympics when tragedy struck. I was diagnosed with a rare form of Limb Girdle Muscular Dystrophy. In just over 4 months, I had to have a wheelchair to go any distance, and was only able to walk only for short periods of time. Having been extremely fit and healthy, it was hard for me to reconcile the fact that I had to use a mobility aid, something that I had always associated with older people, as a standard mode of transport.
When someone suggested that I get a Klaxon, I was sceptical, thinking it was just another gimmick. But that was where I was wrong. Because the Klaxon is so light, and so easy to clip onto my wheelchair in seconds, it has given me a lot more confidence to go out with my family and friends. If I get tired, I can easily attach my Klaxon and the work is done for me. I love my Klaxon, and having it has given me enthusiasm for what each day might bring. I have even started learning wheelchair tennis, and as a gift I have been given a special sports wheelchair from my family. I would highly recommend the Klaxon to anyone, as it is suitable for all ages. Combining speed, strength, endurability and stability, the Klaxon is the perfect accessory for anyone who relies on a wheelchair. It is very responsive to steering, so it is fine for crowded places, such as shopping centres, whilst in open fields you can really take it for a speedy ride!
The Klaxon has really renewed my spirit, and allows me to feel my age again.
Mr Brian Smythe