About Talan Skeels-Piggins
In March 2003, Talan Skeels-Piggins suffered the motorcycle accident that was to define his life.
Left paralysed from the mid chest down, and told he would spend up to two years in hospital upon admission, Talan defied expectations to be discharged only six and a half months later.
Undaunted by his injuries, he set about a series of challenges to prove to himself and the world that being in a wheelchair would not stop him from what he wanted to do.
In less than a year, he had returned to his passion for ski-ing in a specially adapted sit-ski.
But even that was not enough of a challenge and he set himself a goal of representing Great Britain at the 2010 Winter Paralympics.
Despite numerous setbacks and personal tragedies, six years after starting to ski, Talan raced down the Whistler mountain at the tenth Winter Paralympics, with a best result of 15th in the Giant Slalom.
A shoulder injury forced retirement from competitive ski-ing but Talan had set himself another goal – to ride a motorcycle again.
Once he achieved this goal he decided he would use it to help others ride, founding The Bike Experience charity – but even that was not enough.
His next challenge was to race a motorcycle and, after a long battle with the authorities, he was finally granted his race licence in 2011 – the first paralysed rider to ever do so. He competed against able-bodied racers in Hill-Climbs, Sprints and Twisty Sprints. Surprising a number of racers, he is steadily improving and beating the able-bodied racers.
These are only a few of the challenges Talan has faced in his life and his unique personality, never say die attitude and experience of triumph over adversity make him an inspirational speaker.
His experiences have led him to give motivation and achievement talks all over Britain and to many different types of audience – from Senior Management of Blue Chip companies to Primary Schools.
His talks are emotional and honest, showing just how tough the human spirit is.
Some of Talan’s achievements
2006 – Makes history by becoming the first Officer in the Royal Navy to be retained in active service after being paralysed.
2006 – First Paraplegic to reach the edge of the Victoria Falls in Zambia.
2010 – Winter Paralympian Vancouver Giant Slalom 15th
2011 – Makes history by setting up the world’s first Motorcycle Training School for disabled motorcyclists.
2011 – Awarded Honorary M.A. from the University of Chichester for outstanding sporting achievement.
2005 – 2011 Member of the British Disabled Ski Team