Priorities First – Training
At the forefront of my reasoning for a career change to self employment last year, was the need to train and even now, that is my priority. It’s always a balance between having enough time to train, rest but then also have a stable financial position to be able to train!
In January 2018, I was very fortunate to form a relationship with a sponsor. I have the honour of educating and speaking with members both internally and externally within the organisation. I am extremely grateful to the support that my sponsor has I am very proud to represent a brand that is clearly working towards making people’s lives better.
Being an athlete isn’t all about the training don’t forget: It’s allocating time to organise your diet, events, booking travel and accommodation for events as well as sharing on various social media channels to inspire others.
Passion Second – Speaking Engagements
As well as speaking on behalf of my sponsor at conferences, I also do a lot of work within schools, colleges and organisations as a motivational/public speaker. Travelling frequently to speak, I thoroughly enjoy speaking about a number of different topics including disability, sport, LGBT training, discrimination and accessibility.
Recently, I have been performing speeches for an NHS trust, focusing on creating an inclusive environment for their staff and patients. This is certainly an area that I really enjoy. Previously purely relying on self-referrals, I often spend my ‘free time’ looking through my emails for potential speaking opportunities.
Money While You Sleep – Air Bnb
For those of you who may not be aware of Air Bnb, it’s essentially using your home/spare room as a hotel! It can be very hard work with demanding guests however, as I travel frequently with work, it allows for financial rewards while I sleep/compete.
As an owner of a 1-bedroom flat, in order to rent out the bedroom, I sleep on the sofa bed while my guests have my bedroom. It’s a big price to pay but I’m so busy that I hardly notice my guests and I’m often training in the evenings. On average, I tend to have my flat booked out 80-90% of the month so I’m very used to “sofa-life.” If I’m away competing, I also rent out the whole flat, which is fantastic.
I get to meet some incredible people and pay my bills at the same time – what more could you wish for?!
Keeping Up Skills – Accounting
As a trained accountant, who also hated being stuck behind a desk full-time, I now only just do a few days a month of accounting just to keep my skills ticking over. I like being part of an office environment for a few days a month and it’s great because I can wear shorts whenever I wish (every day)!
Social Skills – Part Time in a Shop
After moving to Hampshire, just three years ago, I realised that I didn’t know any other young or local people. As a self-employed individual, I spend a lot of time on my own so I wanted to gain a position where I felt my social skills would be used. After having passion for the products from LUSH, I gained a position as a sales assistant and have since made some great friends.
For just 8 hours a week, either over one or two days, I am in the shop helping customers and making local friends. From LUSH, I met my best friend and some other great people.
Helping Others – Life Coaching
I started life coaching a few years ago after a number of followers identified a need. With just a few clients to start, but growing, I help individuals with a number of issues in order for them to fully fulfil their potential. It’s very rewarding work as it’s fantastic to see the progression of others and I love having a personal connection with my clients.
Maintaining Professional Standards - Personal Training
Mostly online coaching-based, I offer personal training sessions to clients who are wishing to progress with their sport, nutrition or general fitness. Working on a sliding scale of affordability, I like to offer, mostly adaptive individuals, a chance to improve their situation. As you can imagine, it’s a very rewarding opportunity, which I thoroughly enjoy.
A Snippet in the Corporate World
Working as an administrator consultant, I get an insight into the corporate world as I work with a few small organisations to improve their processes and ensure that they are meeting various legal requirements. Although it might sound boring, it can be really exciting as every day and every company is different. As well as administration consultancy, I also work on their social media platforms to help engage their market through marketing and branding.
A Brighter Future - Amputee Research
If you follow my social media accounts, you may have seen that I am often involved with PhD and MSc studies. The studies are mostly looking at either prosthetics, stump structure or biological differences in limbs – really interesting work which is essential to make a better life for those with limb loss.
AND THAT’S IT!
Being an athlete, being a successful person goes far beyond material value. Am I busy? Yes. Am I challenged? Yes. Do I thoroughly enjoy what I do? Yes. It’s busy, it’s hectic, it’s difficult to balance and it’s certainly not your average job(s) but I wouldn’t change it for the world. I’m happy, I’m healthy and I am myself – nothing else matters.
Teacher of Mathematics from Basingstoke
Age group: 25-29
Para OCR Races - An Exciting Updateby Jamie Gane / Nov. 25, 2022
If you have been following my journey for a little while, you may have noticed that I have been campaigning for more inclusion within competitive Obstacle Course Races (OCRs). This blog aims to give you an update of what’s happening in the world of para/adaptive inclusion within obstacle racing.
Recovering from Surgery - Tips & Tricksby Jamie Gane / Nov. 08, 2022
As someone who has now undergone over 50 operations, I am accustomed to bouncing back after both minor and major surgical procedures. As i’ve just recently had a larger operation, here are my hints and tips for how to recover or keep yourself occupied during your recovery.
My First Experiences of Wheelchair Racingby Jamie Gane / May. 20, 2021
For anyone who has watched Wheelchair Racing, you’ll probably remember a flurry of speedy wheelchairs, racing around a track. You’ll probably think that they’re quite comfortable and super speedy from the get-go - this couldn’t be further from the truth. This blog looks to explore my first experiences of wheelchair racing, as races look to open up again.
'I don't have time to train' - Finding Productivity in Runningby Jamie Gane / Mar. 04, 2021
In the past, I have frequently said ‘I don’t think i’m going to have time to train today,’ or ‘I wish I had more hours in the day to train.’ While this blog certainly won’t extend your day by a couple of hours, it might just change your mindset, to find productivity in running.
Running Blades - The Factsby Jamie Gane / Jan. 28, 2021
Since the 2012 Paralympics, running blades have been put into the spotlight, with people now able to recognise what they are used for. With more and more people being offered or exploring the opportunity to run with a running blade, I thought I would explore the facts. Are there different types? When would you use one? What’s the grip like?…all will be answered!
Creating Accessible Racing Eventsby Jamie Gane / Sep. 25, 2020
With races and events cancelled across the globe, there are plenty of new opportunities for event organisers to reach out to a new community of disabled athletes. When the word ‘accessible’ is mentioned for events and races, it often sets out panic to organisers, who picture wheelchair ramps, toilets and lifts. In reality, creating accessible events can be relatively simple and just making an effort to include disabled athletes can have huge benefits for everyone involved.
Why Everyone is a Runnerby Jamie Gane / May. 05, 2020
In the world of the media portraying the perfect body, 6-minute miles and chiselled, mid-20s torsos, what does it really mean to be a runner? The label ‘runner’ really is real-identifying so how do you get feel like a runner when in your head, you may be thinking that you’re too slow, too big or too old?
Appreciating Your Own Companyby Jamie Gane / Apr. 16, 2020
As humans, we tend to be social creatures and for those who especially enjoy the company of others, the current climate is particularly challenging. Whether you’re isolating on your own or with family, for some, this period is maybe the most time you have spent with yourself in a while. It’s evident that spending time with yourself allows for a really great opportunity to learn to love your own company but this blog will help you to understand how to to start appreciating this time.
Staying Focused on Your Goalsby Jamie Gane / Mar. 19, 2020
As we come into March, those January goals are either completely on track on just on the cusp of abandonment (if they haven’t already been scrapped and if you can even remember what they are). So, with this in mind, how do you keep your motivation and maintain your healthy habits while enjoying the process?
Why My Races Have Two Resultsby Jamie Gane / Sep. 10, 2019
Official results and personal bests, often the only records we count when looking at achievement. Always taking into account two separate times, why are my official times and adjusted times different?. This blog looks my progression away from official results and looking at what it takes to count a personal best.
Adaptive Athlete OCR Eligibility Reformby Jamie Gane / Aug. 13, 2019
For many able-bodied athletes, qualification to the European and World Obstacle Course Racing Championships can be extremely difficult. In some races, an individual needs to be placed in the top 5 within their age group to qualify and this can take an athlete several attempts to achieve. Now imagine being an amputee, a visually impaired runner or a wheelchair athlete and having to still achieve a top-5 result against able-bodied individuals.
LGBT Sport Participationby Jamie Gane / Jun. 30, 2019
In the UK, the number of people who regularly take part in sport is increasing however, the all the numbers point towards an underrepresentation of LGBT participants. In a world heading towards equality and acceptance, why don’t the numbers add up? What are the options for LGBT participants?
Body Positivity as an Amputeeby Jamie Gane / Jun. 05, 2019
Body Image - how we think and feel about our bodies. Ever-evolving and heavily influenced by others and the media. Rewind back to the 19th century where amputees were being marketed as freaks within the circus, we as a society have certainly come a long way. It wasn’t until the promotion of the London 2012 Paralympic games where we saw those with limb differences were actively being promoted with their positives.
My Battle into Runningby Jamie Gane / Apr. 01, 2019
Feeling the breeze in my hair, seeing the world from a foot taller and the ability to conquer the previously unconquerable – all experiences I felt when I started running after 14 years in a wheelchair. Get your reading glasses on as I tell you the story of how I lost my leg and started the battle to begin to win the long run.
The Nuts Challenge OCR Reviewby Jamie Gane / Mar. 25, 2019
Last year, I was looking through the Obstacle Course Race World Championships (OCRWC) qualification criteria and came across The Nuts Challenge. I remember the title of the run catching my attention but wondering really how nuts it would be…..I guess that I was soon to find out..
Preparing for Your First OCRby Jamie Gane / Jun. 24, 2019
Congratulation! You’ve signed up for your first OCR (Obstacle Course Race) or at the very least, you’re thinking about signing up. You’ve taken your first step to entering a community and starting a race like no other. Obstacle Racing is pretty challenging with lots of crawling, climbing, jumping and sliding but check out these tips on how to prepare for your first OCR.
Rest Days are Your Best Daysby Jamie Gane / Jan. 29, 2019
When you’re in a routine and on a roll with your training, you don’t want to think about rest days. The thought of stopping for the day seems pretty daunting, let alone stopping for a week! Despite the daunting nature of rest days, they really can be your best days of training, allowing you to recover, re-group and re-align your goals.
A Different View on Disabilityby Jamie Gane / Jan. 08, 2019
The Winter Wonderwheels event, as part of the Superhero Series, is the UK’s only disability sports event for everyday Superheroes! They create a really fun, personally challenging environment for those with disabilities without the worry of time or equipment restrictions. Whether you have none, one or two feet, travelling in a wheelchair or flying in a rocket, nothing is impossible - I’m yet to see a rocket though!
Exploring New Sports as an Amputeeby Jamie Gane / Dec. 04, 2018
Finding and discovering a new sport as an amputee can be very daunting but also extremely rewarding. It's difficult to find clubs that are able to cater for your adaptations and confidence is needed to join an able-bodied club but it does host a whole load of benefits.
Jamie Gane - 2019 Goals & Plansby Jamie Gane / Nov. 20, 2018
2018 was my year of experimentation. A year, my first full year of walking, to see where I wanted to take my life and career. With incredible opportunities taken and awesome teams joined, the 2018 season is almost at its end. So with that in mind, where do I see my plans heading for 2019?
There's No 'I' in Frontrunnerby Jamie Gane / Oct. 30, 2018
The ASICS frontrunners are a team - a team of like-minded and talented individuals in the pursuit of movement. Whether that’s running, cycling, walking, swimming or judo, the team pulls together the experiences and talents of others to share within the group and to inspire others into movement. Until this weekend, I thought I knew what it was to be an ASICS Frontrunner but the past few days in Dublin have really opened my eyes.
Tips on Running at Nightby Jamie Gane / Nov. 20, 2018
As we now start to venture into darkened nights, we now find that our runs start to get darker and darker. Not only are we having to think about how to be seen but also how to see as well as all of the other challenges that running at night has. Whether you are going for a jog in low light or running throughout the night, this blog will give you some tips and hints as to how to manage it.
1 Weekend, 1 Leg, 50 Miles of Runningby Jamie Gane / Oct. 08, 2018
In Berlin's version of Europe's Toughest Mudder, I managed to break the amputee record by 5 miles and 25 minutes. I didn't feel prepared or ready for the race and had no intention of breaking a record but here's my breakdown of the weekend!
Why Do Judo When You're an Amputee?by Jamie Gane / Sep. 11, 2018
People often ask me - 'Why do Judo when you're the only amputee?' or 'Surely it's really unfair that you fight against two-legged people......why do you even bother?' Here's are some of the reasons for me to just be part of an amazing sport, despite a huge disadvantage:
Runner's Anxiety is Real but Manageableby Jamie Gane / Aug. 20, 2018
Your heart is pounding, you're sweating and you haven't even started running yet. You feel a pit in your stomach while butterflies work their magic inside of you, eating away at any confidence left - these are all very common feelings for an individual with runners anxiety. So what is runners anxiety and what can you do to help manage it?
Discovering my Life Valuesby Jamie Gane / May. 23, 2018
Values help us decide what is important in life and where our priorities lie. They help us to differentiate between two alternate options but with so many to choose from, which ones fall into my top 5? I met yesterday with one of my mentors from the True Athlete Programme, where we worked together to find values, and the meaning of those values. We discussed how values naturally change over time and they can be used as a tool to measure how well you're sticking to your life plan. Fortunately, the values I discovered can form the acronym B-HELD, with an aim for me to be held up through these values. Here's what they stand for:
Wheelchair User to Marathon Runnerby Jamie Gane / Apr. 25, 2018
If you would have told me in April 2017 that I would be running the 2018 London Marathon, I would have never believed you. This time last year (mid-May 2017), I had just received my first walkable prosthetic leg, following my amputation in late 2016 and started to walk with two crutches. It is with great pride that I am able to say that I have completed a marathon: and here's how I did it:
Running with a Running Bladeby Jamie Gane / Mar. 28, 2018
I'm standing in a queue at an event, while waiting to collect my race number, when I notice someone suddenly look down and notice my Blade XT - a very common situation for me. Whereas most British people would talk about the weather or politics, I am asked what it is like to run on a blade. My honest answer to them is generally that I don't know any different as, despite being a new amputee and only being able to run for less than a year, I have never been able to run with two feet.