UKC Gear, Mar 2010
© Beth Monks 19 year old Beth Monks, former Great Britain climbing team member, suffered from a spinal cord injury in a car accident back in May 2009.
She broke her neck at level C5/C6 and as a result is now tetraplegic, paralysed from the chest down, without functioning triceps or hands.
Beth's story and her future aspirations are told in her profile on the Alpkit Website.
Right now some of Beth's friends are raising money to buy her a 'BOMA' offroad wheelchair. The team is cycling from Lands End to John O'Groats and have a Facebook Group and a page on the Just Giving Website.
Our Friday Night Video this week is dedicated to Beth Monks who has inspired us at UKC with her wise words and her upcoming projects.
Quoted on the Alpkit Website, Beth said:
"Looking back now on my climbing life I'll never forget any of it! Whether I was achieving anything or not...Favourite memories include the many competitions I participated in over years, the awesome friends I made and the places I travelled to...
...Another potential sport I will be trying when it gets a tad warmer is sailing. I have little, if any, knowledge of sailing. However I've learnt that it's meant to be the best set up sport for disability. It sounds great – relaxing as well as exciting and it takes you places...
...At the moment I'm thinking about where I could go for a break abroad possibly. When I own an awesome Boma wheelchair I look forward to some off-roading fun and some camping before heading to Sheffield uni to study English in September..."
VIDEO: Beth Monks competing in the Skymasters in 2008