Talan Skeels-Piggins

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Talan Skeels-Piggins is a former Naval Lieutenant flight controller. Following a motorcycle accident in March 2003 which shattered his spine and broke his neck, he is now paralysed from the chest down.

Following his accident he chose to start skiing using a sit-ski with the goal of competing at the Paralympics. He was selected to compete for the GB Team 14 months after sustaining his injuries. By 2008 he had reached a world ranking of 5th in the downhill event.

Talan is a qualified teacher and formerly taught physical education at St Laurence, Bradford on Avon. In 2011 Talan founded The Bike Experience, a charity established to help motorcycle riders who are now paraplegic to ride again. Based at Castle Combe circuit in Wiltshire this is a free experience for disabled bikers who would like to ride on a racing circuit. In order to ride his motorbike he has old fashioned bicycle clips to keep his feet in place and has Velcro on his knees and his fuel tank to keep his body on the bike!