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August 07, 2017 4 min read

Owen is one of the most inspirational people you've ever met. Hailing from the UK, he joined the British Army straight out of school aged 18. 3 months into his first tour of Afghanistan in January 2010 and the worst happened. A soldiers worst nightmare, Owen stood on an IED and was thrown 10 feet into the air. Waking up in hospital back in the UK Owen was unaware of the damage he had taken.

18 months of operations and countless nights in hospital and he was given a choice. Lose his leg below the knee or continue with more operations in the hope his leg might get better. He made the tough choice and lost his leg below the knee. Since then he hasn't looked back and is now an inspiration for so many people who have suffered similar injuries both during combat and outside. This never give up attitude embodies our Always Endeavor ethos and continues to take Owen to new places and new heights.

Owen is one of the most inspirational people you've ever met. Hailing from the UK, he joined the British Army straight out of school aged 18. 3 months into his first tour of Afghanistan in January 2010 and the worst happened. A soldiers worst nightmare, Owen stood on an IED and was thrown 10 feet into the air. Waking up in hospital back in the UK Owen was unaware of the damage he had taken.

18 months of operations and countless nights in hospital and he was given a choice. Lose his leg below the knee or continue with more operations in the hope his leg might get better. He made the tough choice and lost his leg below the knee. Since then he hasn't looked back and is now an inspiration for so many people who have suffered similar injuries both during combat and outside. This never give up attitude embodies our Always Endeavor ethos and continues to take Owen to new places and new heights.



After being discharged from the army Owen started the tough road to recovery. His attitude is one of the most positive you could imagine. "If you don't laugh, you'll cry" is one of the sayings that keeps him going and pushing himself to new places. Through Blesma, the limbless veterans charity, Owen was introduced to wakeboarding and snowboarding. He completed an instructors course in Canada and the following winter entered the French National Adaptive Snowboardercross Championships. The coach for the Great Britain Paralympic team had the goal of getting him down the run in one go and clock some good times to qualify for the team. He outdid this my miles and ended up beating some veteran adaptive boardercross riders after just 4 days of training.
After being discharged from the army Owen started the tough road to recovery. His attitude is one of the most positive you could imagine. "If you don't laugh, you'll cry" is one of the sayings that keeps him going and pushing himself to new places. Through Blesma, the limbless veterans charity, Owen was introduced to wakeboarding and snowboarding. He completed an instructors course in Canada and the following winter entered the French National Adaptive Snowboardercross Championships. The coach for the Great Britain Paralympic team had the goal of getting him down the run in one go and clock some good times to qualify for the team. He outdid this my miles and ended up beating some veteran adaptive boardercross riders after just 4 days of training.


Owen was invited to the X-Games to showcase his ability and ended up coming 8th in a competition that was televised across the US. He uses standard snowboarding gear with a simple plastic tube attached to his bindings to correct his knee angle and ensure he can ride. He is now ranked 7th in the world for adaptive boardercross and has his sights set on a medal at the Winter Paralympic Games in South Korea in February 2018.

“I do it because I love it, but if I can get people out there skiing or snowboarding or out in the mountains and enjoying what I do then that is great.”

Owen was invited to the X-Games to showcase his ability and ended up coming 8th in a competition that was televised across the US. He uses standard snowboarding gear with a simple plastic tube attached to his bindings to correct his knee angle and ensure he can ride. He is now ranked 7th in the world for adaptive boardercross and has his sights set on a medal at the Winter Paralympic Games in South Korea in February 2018.

“I do it because I love it, but if I can get people out there skiing or snowboarding or out in the mountains and enjoying what I do then that is great.”



You can follow Owen on his journey to Pyeongchang, South Korea on his website www.owenpick.com or on Instagram @OwenPick.
You can follow Owen on his journey to Pyeongchang, South Korea on his website www.owenpick.com or on Instagram @OwenPick.

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