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54 EpisodesProduced by Mike BrownWebsite

Welcome to Adaptdefy. Here you'll meet people who have learnt to adapt to intense physical and psychological challenges, and defy what they, and those around them, thought was possible. We'll dive into the tools and equipment they use, and the mindset that allows them to succeed and find freedom. Th… read more

54 Episodes | 2018 - 2021

#54 - Andrew Slorance - Founder Phoenix Instinct

January 18th, 2021


Andrew Slorance is the CEO and founder of Phoenix Instinct. In 2020 they won a million dollars in the Toyota Mobility Foundation Mobility Unlimited …

#53 - Alex Krol- Paraplegic Pilot

January 7th, 2021


I first met Alex while he was flying a plane around New Zealand. The more I got chatting the more I was in awe of the balance he has in his life. A paraplegic of over 20 years, Alex is an accomplished wheelchair tennis …

#52 - Jackie Silver - Nutrition Expert

December 14th, 2020


Born with a rare disorder that affects her mobility, Jackie Silver rocks a wheelchair and is on a mission to empower people with disabilities and/or chronic diseases to live healthier lifestyles. 

Jackie is a registered …

#51 - Shaun Gash - Purpose Driven Adventure Athlete

December 14th, 2020


Shaun Gash is a paraplegic amputee who loves adventure and physical activity. Whether it is scaling mountains, scuba diving, boxing, or obstacle racing through mud, Shaun does it with a smile on his face and a …

#50 - Maria Rabaino - Wheelchair Dancer & Personal Trainer

November 10th, 2020


Maria Rabaino is a founding member of the phenomenally successful Rollettes Wheelchair Dance Team, and a certified personal trainer who creates …

#49 Hannah Gavios - Paraplegic Marathoner & Yoga Teacher

September 21st, 2020


Hannah Gavios was backpacking in Asia solo when an attempted sexual assault forced her to run for her life. Things went from bad to worse when she …

#48 Andrea Dalzell- The Seated Nurse

September 14th, 2020


Andrea Dalzell was diagnosed with Transverse Myelitis at the age of 5, but growing up using a wheelchair didn’t stop her from pursuing a career in healthcare! Today, she is the first registered nurse who uses a …

#47 Ivan Pizzaro - Paraplegic Personal Trainer

August 29th, 2020


Ivan Pizzaro was shot by a gunman when he was 19 while attending a Halloween party. A fit an active sportsman he was left paralyzed from the waist down. In this episode we talk about his recovery and how he manages to …

#46 Cambry Nelson - Para-Equestrian Champion

August 13th, 2020


In this episode, Cambry Nelson, a champion equestrian vaulter, describes what happened the day she broke her back.  “I decided to do my aerial …

#45 Gem Hubbard - Disability Lifestyle Vlogger

August 2nd, 2020


Gem Hubbard is arguably one of the top Disability Lifestyle Creators in the UK with an international following for her “Wheels No Heels” channels. A …

#44 Sophie Elwes - Paraplegic Athlete, Mentor & Podcast Host

July 16th, 2020


Sophie Elwes is an international para athlete, peer mentor, adventurer and media producer. Given a 40% chance of surviving after a huge fall from a balcony, Sophie has built a life filled with excitement, adventure, …

#43 Megan Blunk - Paralympic Gold Medalist & Mental Health Advocate

July 5th, 2020


Megan Blunk is a gold medal winning paraplegic wheelchair basketball star that speaks openly about her struggle with severe depression. This was one …

#42 Ben Clark - Quadriplegic Personal Trainer

June 18th, 2020


Ben Clark, dove into the sea “Baywatch style” and discovered it was shallower than he expected. The impact broke his neck, resulting in paralysis …

#41 Alwyn Uys - Paraplegic Triathlete

June 4th, 2020


South African paraplegic Alwyn Uys is a professional triathlete, entrepreneur and motivational speaker who knows how to train hard, focus his mind and achieve his goals. In this episode we unpack the accident that left …

#40 Brandon Winfield - Accessibility Entrepreneur

May 28th, 2020


Brandon Winfield is the founder of iaccesslife, a mobile app that allows people with disabilities to rate and review the accessibility of venues such …

#39 Robyn Lambird - Androgynous Fashion Lover

May 21st, 2020


Robyn Lambird caught our attention with her wildly interesting fashion images on instagram. Born in the UK with Cerebral Palsy, she emigrated with her parents to Australia where she immersed herself into sport. Never …

#38 Kirk Williams - Overland Adventuring Quadriplegic

May 14th, 2020


Kirk Williams is a photographer, van conductor, drone expert, marshmallow cooker, mental mechanic, and active quadriplegic after a routine mountain bike accident left him with a C5 burst fracture. Discovering access …

#37 Marcela Marańon - Accessibility Diva & Disability Changemaker

May 7th, 2020


At 20 years-old, Peruvian born Marcela Marañon survived a fatal car accident that killed her boyfriend. She was left paralyzed and with a lower leg …

#36 Alvaro Silberstein - Quadriplegic Adventure Travel Entrepreneur

April 30th, 2020


Quadriplegic Alvaro Silverstein is the founder of Wheel The World, an adventure travel company helping to redefine adventure tourism for people with disabilities.

We talk about growing up in Santiago Chile and the …

#35 - Jesi Stracham - Straight Talking Parapelgic Powerhouse

April 23rd, 2020


Jesi Stracham is a former ATV racing party animal, who powers through life as a paraplegic due to a solid foundation of goals, exercise, community …

#34 Andrew Skinner - Triumph Foundation Founder

April 16th, 2020


There was a crowd around Andrew Skinner at the Abilities Expo in Los Angeles. He and the Triumph Foundation which he co-founded have made such an impact on peoples' lives that everyone wanted to see him. During this …

#33 Bean Gill - Mental & Physical Health Guru

April 9th, 2020


There aren’t many people with a goal to live to 109 years old, but Benveet Gill (Bean for short) has her sights firmly set on this and other lofty …

#32 Jeremy McGhee - Adaptive Mountain Biking Pioneer

April 2nd, 2020


Jeremy McGhee is one tough dude. He's pushed his paraplegic body to breaking point in the mountains, in the surf, and in the gym, and is now on a mission to document the world's mountain bike tracks for adaptive riders, …

#31 Katherine Beattie - WCMX Champion & Award Winning Script Writer

March 26th, 2020


What do you get when you combine skate, BMX and motocross culture with a fiery redhead who was born with Cerebral Palsy? You get Katherine Beattie, …

#30 Richard Corbett - Paraplegic YouTube Sensation

February 17th, 2020


It's unbelievable that Richard Corbett is still alive. A 50 foot fall into an underground parking lot didn't kill him, but an addiction to pain medication and a mental breakdown,  nearly did. Finding his way out of the …

#29 Teal Sherer - Award Winning Actress

September 25th, 2019


Teal Sherer is an award winning actress, who also happens to be a wheelchair user after a car accident left her a paraplegic when she was 14 years …

#28 Garrison Redd - Brains, Brawn and a Wheelchair

September 2nd, 2019


Brooklyn might be considered the hood, but to Garrison Redd it has always been and always will be home. Even after the self-proclaimed authentic Brooklynite was shot in the back just steps away from his childhood home. …

#27 Reveca Torres - Using Art For Social Change

August 19th, 2019


Paralyzed in a car accident at age 13, Reveca thought her dreams of a career in art and fashion were over, but rolling in the footsteps of Mexican …

#26 Martyn Sibley - World Changing Blogger

August 6th, 2019


Martyn is a man on a mission. A mission to make our society a more inclusive place to live.  He's had to overcome major spinal fusion surgery, fundraise for vital mobility equipment, manage strangers to do his personal …

#25 Yannick Benjamin- Sommelier Extraordinaire

July 22nd, 2019


Yannick Benjamin is a world class sommelier (wine expert), the founder of charities Wine On Wheels and Wheeling Forward, and a man who knows what it's like to push through barriers to do what he loves. Yannick has paved …

#24 Sebastian Westin - Comedy, Adrenaline & Meditation Mix Master

July 8th, 2019


Paraplegic Sebastian Westin is a Swedish prankster, para bobsledder, wheelchair instructor, musician, YouTuber, and meditation advocate. Giving himself a year to overcome the depression which almost killed him, he moved …

#23 Alana Nichols - Adaptive Sporting Oracle

June 24th, 2019


Alana Nichols is a world-class athlete with a passion for challenging herself and others. From a young age, her passion for sports and adventure has …

#22 Stuart Dunne - Mobility Master

June 11th, 2019


Nothing seems to stop mobility master Stuart Dunne. After breaking his neck at 17 years old, following a car accident, Stuart quickly learned he just …

#21 Karen Darke - Adaptive Expedition Legend

May 27th, 2019


Karen Darke, MBE is nothing short of legendary. What she has achieved with her life after becoming paralysed from the chest down at age 21 is extraordinary. Her wild streak and love of adventure drove her to …

#20 Injured Veteran Turned Med Tech Inventor

May 13th, 2019


Derek Herrera is a former Marine Special Operations Officer who was paralyzed after being shot in the spine while on duty in Afghanistan. Derek re-focused his energy and skill to complete an MBA and started Spinal …

#19 Sophie Morgan - Inclusion Revolutionist

April 29th, 2019


Sophie Morgan is a prolific TV personality, artist, adventurer, entrepreneur, and paralysed icon who never sits still. She is the face and star of …

#18 Rob Smith - Active Hands Founder

April 15th, 2019


When Rob Smith broke his neck he never thought he'd go onto play sport for Great Britain, or apply his mechanical engineering skills to create a …

#17 Nathalie McGloin - Tetraplegic Female Racing Driver

March 31st, 2019


Nathalie McGloin is the world’s first female tetraplegic racing driver. She races a hand-controlled Cayman S in the Porsche Club Championship, …

#16 Christian Bagg - Engineering Trailblazer

March 22nd, 2019


Paraplegic Christian Bagg is a brilliant engineer. He’s the founder of BowHead Corp. and designer of the Bowhead Reach, which is the world’s gnarliest and most capable off-road electric trike. He’s a family man, …

#15 Josh Dueck - Adaptive Skiing Legend

March 6th, 2019


Josh Dueck is an absolute legend in the adaptive community. He became an instant celebrity after he appeared on the Ellen Degeneres show for becoming …

#14 Aaron Baker - Holistic Recovery Expert

February 25th, 2019


When doctors said Aaron Baker would never regain function he visualised the outcome he wanted and set about proving them wrong. Aaron is the founder …

#13 Roy Tuscany - High Fives Founder

February 19th, 2019


Roy Tuscany is the founder of The High Fives Foundation whose vision is to be the “safety net of the outdoor action sports community”. Roy is such a positive guy, he hardly has a bad word to say about breaking his back, …

#12 Erik Kondo - Wheelchair Boarding Pioneer

February 13th, 2019


As if riding a skateboard wasn’t hard enough, paraplegic Erik Kondo has found ways to ride them while in his wheelchair. And while at first this …

#11 Quentin Smith - The Great All-Rounder

February 4th, 2019


From remote wilderness rafting trips, to yacht racing, to business and politics, paraplegic Quentin Smith is a true all rounder. But it’s took …

#10 Tara Llanes - Adaptive Sporting Legend

January 28th, 2019


From the highs of a professional mountain biking career to the deepest lows of living life paralysed from the waist down, Tara Llanes has risen again to become a world class wheelchair athlete and leader in the adaptive …

#09 Bruno Hansen - Soul Surfing Survivalist

January 22nd, 2019


South African Bruno Hansen has more survival stories than anyone else we know. A paraplegic following a carjacking attack, he’s now a three time …

#08 Helen Smith - Bush Wheeling Adventurer

January 14th, 2019


Paraplegic Helen Smith has found novel ways to explore the outdoors by literally harnessing her friends so she can go on multi-day camping and …

#07 Samanta Bullock- Inclusive Fashion Icon

November 30th, 2018


Samanta is a wheelchair tennis champion, an inclusive fashion model, sought after speaker, and a health and wellbeing expert who is changing the way the world views inclusivity.

#06 - Jezza Williams - Inclusive Tourism Dynamo

November 4th, 2018


Jezza's mindset is astounding and infectious. Becoming a tetraplegic(quadriplegic) hasn't stopped him from becoming an expert in accessible adventure tourism. He is the founder of Making Trax who are on a mission to …

#05 - Fellipe Lima - World Adaptive Waveski Surfing Champion

November 4th, 2018


Brazilian paraplegic Fellipe Kizu Lima is a legend. In a country with little money to support those with spinal cord injuries he found ways to "just get on with it" In a laid back interview we explore how he manages to …

#04 - Tanelle Bolt - RAD Society Founder. All Round Adaptive Charger.

November 4th, 2018


Paraplegic Tanelle Bolt hasn't let the cost of adaptive equipment stop her from being rad again! She is the founder of the RAD society which she …

#03 - Joe Stone - Learning to Fly Again

October 31st, 2018


Joe Stone hasn't let his quadriplegia (tetraplegia) stop him from exploring his limits. His film, "It's Raining, So What" , shares his journey to …

#02 - Ira Edwards - Wheelchair Hunter Gatherer Extraordinaire

October 8th, 2018


Ira Edwards is a paraplegic living in Alaska who has found creative ways to harvest the bounty from the land and sea despite using a wheelchair. He's also an adaptive skier, and created a business that uses its profits …

#01 - Darryl Tait - Wheelchair Back Flips, Overcoming Depression, X-Games and more...

October 2nd, 2018


This is the very first Adaptdefy podcast episode and what a guy to kick it off with. Paraplegic Darryl Tait didn't let his accident stop him from …

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