Martyn Ashton has won a Daily Mirror Pride of Sport award.
Ashton won the award at a ceremony in the Grosvenor House Hotel, London last night. He was in the Disability Sport category along with Matt Dean (a visually impaired cricketer) and Laura Wiseman (a deaf footabller).
Plymouth’s youth cycling group – the Pilgrim Flyers – also won an award for Best Grassroots Team.
Since becoming paralysed in 2013 Martyn has worked with bike manufacturers to develop adapted cycles and continued to break the internet with his awesome videos. We honestly can’t think of anyone more deserving than Ashton. It’s only been four years since his horrible accident but he’s continued living his life to the max and inspiring millions of people.
The awards are for athletes that: “raise awareness about sport and encourage people to be more active on a regular basis. The event will highlight people who have contributed to sport at a local or national level, across all walks of life.” Yep, sounds like Martyn to us!
The Mirror said: “Martyn, a former daredevil downhill mountain biking star, spent five months in hospital in 2013 after falling off his bike three metres up while performing a stunt. He was paralysed from the waist down and was told he would never ride again. Then, in June 2016, he released a video of himself careering down one of the world’s hardest downhill courses on a specially-designed mountain bike.
The damage to his spine left him unable to walk or cycle but Martyn has never been one to take his diagnosis lying down.”
Martyn has also secured a roving-reporter role on a new forthcoming BBC One daytime show called People Power, which is presented by Hairy Biker Dave Myers.
“We are basically looking at volunteering and how important it is to the community we live in,” he told Wales Online.
“That was my first little foray into doing some presenting. I am really hoping that it will lead to more.”