Steve Summers, a 53 year-old from Heanor, was a serving Firefighter when he was told he’d never walk again following a horrific motorbike crash.
He was left with serious injuries including a compound tibia and fibula, a broken left leg, ankle and shoulder, torn ligaments in his knee and a double segmented fracture, a fractured nose and other various parts of Steve’s body.
In the year’s that followed, Steve’s weight increased to 21.5st and he became unhappy with his physical appearance and low level of fitness. Motivated to turn his life around, Steve lost an incredible nine stone, qualified as a fitness instructor and took it on as a full-time job.
“As far as I’m aware I’m the only disabled fitness instructor,” Steve has stated. “Though I like to call myself highly capable.”
“I never felt like giving up. I’ve still got massive problems – a fused ankle, a knee held together with carbon fibre, my left leg is just under two inches shorter than my right leg, so that’s curved my spine, I’ve got sclerosis – but you just get by and adapt, really.”
Steve then decided to set himself a series of tough physical challenges to raise money for charity – one of which is Smile Traine which helps children with cleft lips and palates get life changing surgery.
Over the last year he’s done The Slateman Triathlon – a 1000m swim, 51km bike ride and 11km run all rolled into one, (which he completed in four hours and 34 minutes), the IRONMAN UK in Bolton – a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride and marathon – the 13.1 mile Great North Run and a non-stop 13 hour spin session at his local gym.
Steve has cycled with para track cycling World Champions and has recently carried out a 24-hour cycle at Derby Arena to raise money for Comic Relief.
“I won’t let my limitations stop me from achieving my goals and living life to the full.”
Steve will be participating in this year’s Derby 10K by pushing one of his Celebral Palsy client’s in her wheelchair around the 10K track.
The Derby 10K supports projects delivered by the Trust from cancer rehabilitation programmes, to employability development courses.