December 3rd marks International Day of People Living with a Disability
To mark the occasion, we want to highlight our Push South Australian legend and superstar, Grant Allen
Want to know about Grant's story? Please read below
Hi, my name is Grant. I'm an incomplete paraplegic with an injury level at T12/L1. I sustained a spinal cord injury back in April of 2011 riding my MTB. I guess I've always been a driven and strong willed person and fair to say someone that does things that a lot of other people might not or likely don't see as "normal". After having my accident I pretty quickly worked things out for myself in that I really had two options. I could sit around and be a sad sack and mope about what had happened or I could simply get on with things and make the most of what I had.
I had been involved with bikes all my life and my life continued on doing what I love in an adapted form. I was very fortunate that the bike company, Trek, purchased a Handbike for me to ride on the road immediately after my accident. From there I began to pursue a different direction with bikes with riding and racing a handbike on the road.
I guess I've continued to push on with that direction and have now been racing reasonably successfully on the road for a number of years at the highest level of international competition which included racing at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics.
Something I'm incredibly passionate about now is getting back to proper MTB riding which I am able to do with the amazing Bowhead bikes that come out of Canada and that we at Push are now the exclusive Australian supplier for. These bikes mean so much to me as I get so much enjoyment out of riding them and also sharing the buzz with customers.
My life is busy these days. I am very active. I have two children that I love dearly to take care of. I wake up early basically every day to train and stay fit and healthy and hold myself in the best possible shape and condition to be able to race my bike at the highest level. I really want to do another Paralympic Games and place higher than I did last time round. Most days will see me on the road or on the indoor trainer for between 2-3 hours before I go to work at Push 5 days a week doing my thing. I like to try and ride after work, ride to work and really, as much as I can. Time for me is the most precious thing, for me, there are simply not enough hours in the day.
I live a great life. My life these days is honestly even better than before I was a chair user. Some of the greatest moments of my life would not have taken place if I didn't live with a disability. There is always a way to do things and enjoy them, having a disability is no excuse for not being able to live an amazing life and I love the feeling of "Cheating the system" and getting the most out of every moment I can.