Sharing His Love of Fitness With the World

Ben ClarkAthleticism has always come naturally to Ben Clark, a 27-year-old from the UK. Before his injury, he was on his way to becoming an Olympic swimmer. “I competed for Great Britain with the goal of going to the 2012 Olympics, had a scholarship to a sports school and even moved to Australia to train for a year,” he says.

A swimming accident in 2010, however, changed his plans. “I ran into the sea and dove into a wave, and the water was shallower than expected.” He became a C5-6 quadriplegic as a result. But Clark didn’t let his injury put him in a dark hole. “I’ve always had a positive outlook on life and don’t let things get the better of me. I just saw my injury as a new experience.”

After his injury, he gave adaptive swimming a go. “I tried the Paralympic route in 2012, but it wasn’t the same as before,” he admits. “However, I’m still involved as a coach with some very good swimmers.