Below the knee amputee, Jamie Gane has overcome so much adversity in his life, from suffering through medical conditions to enduring bullying for his sexuality. Despite the challenges he’s faced, Jamie has persevered to become an international athlete, motivational speaker and inspiration for the next generation. At events, Jamie discusses his mental and physical journey, relating the lessons he’s learnt about inclusion and acceptance to corporate clients.
Diagnosed with severe plantar fasciitis aged only 12, Jamie found himself wheelchair-bound and unable to use his feet. From one health condition to another, Jamie later suffered from complex regional pain disorder, causing him to be unable to compete in the disability sports he’d worked so hard to be accepted into. At just 16, Jamie began the campaign to change his life, taking 6 years to convince surgeons to amputate below his knee and finally release him from pain.
Invigorated by a new lease of life, Jamie, who had the operation in 2017, has returned to his love of sport, with the ability to now run with the support of a prosthetic. To date, he has completed over 70 tough mudder courses, has competed internationally in obstacle races and gained a Silver medal in the 2019 World Judo Games. As an adaptive athlete, Jamie has more barriers than most, but he continues to smash each goal he sets and is currently ranked number two in the world for special needs judo.
Using his experiences to shine a light on the lack of diversity in sports, Jamie also discusses LGBT+ representation and the need for greater inclusion. Recognised for his ability to inspire, educate and motivate in equal measure, Jamie has been asked to speak at many occasions, including at Buckingham Palace.