Adaptdefy

Adaptdefy

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Welcome to Adaptdefy®. Here you’ll meet people who have learnt to adapt to intense physical and psychological challenges, and defy what they, and those around them, thought was possible. We’ll dive into the tools and equipment they use, and the mindset that allows them to succeed and find freedom. This is a podcast to strengthen the adaptive community and increase freedom for everyone. It’s a podcast for Adaptdefiers, and those who want to become one. Hosted by paraplegic Mike Brown all the way from New Zealand.


#41 Alwyn Uys - Paraplegic Triathlete
Jun 4 • 54 min
South African paraplegic Alwyn Uys is a professional triathlete, entrepreneur and motivational speaker who knows how to train hard, focus his mind and achieve his goals. In this episode we unpack the accident that left him a wheelchair user, his daily…
#40 Brandon Winfield - Accessibility Entrepreneur
May 28 • 58 min
Brandon Winfield is the founder of iaccesslife, a mobile app that allows people with disabilities to rate and review the accessibility of venues such as restaurants, lounges, clubs, and bars. Paralysed at 14 years old he’s had a rough ride. He meditates…
#39 Robyn Lambird - Androgynous Fashion Lover
May 21 • 27 min
Robyn Lambird caught our attention with her wildly interesting fashion images on instagram. Born in the UK with Cerebral Palsy, she emigrated with her parents to Australia where she immersed herself into sport. Never afraid of being herself, she is…
#38 Kirk Williams - Overland Adventuring Quadriplegic
May 14 • 57 min
Kirk Williams is a photographer, van conductor, drone expert, marshmallow cooker, mental mechanic, and active quadriplegic after a routine mountain bike accident left him with a C5 burst fracture. Discovering access issues while travelling in South…
#37 Marcela MaraƄon - Accessibility Diva & Disability Changemaker
May 7 • 61 min
At 20 years-old, Peruvian born Marcela Marañon survived a fatal car accident that killed her boyfriend. She was left paralyzed and with a lower leg amputated. Living in the USA at the time and barely able to speak English she faced an ordeal of epic…
#36 Alvaro Silberstein - Quadriplegic Adventure Travel Entrepreneur
Apr 30 • 64 min
Quadriplegic Alvaro Silverstein is the founder of Wheel The World, an adventure travel company helping to redefine adventure tourism for people with disabilities. We talk about growing up in Santiago Chile and the accident that left him with a broken…
#35 - Jesi Stracham - Straight Talking Parapelgic Powerhouse
Apr 23 • 55 min
Jesi Stracham is a former ATV racing party animal, who powers through life as a paraplegic due to a solid foundation of goals, exercise, community and entrepreneurship. This episode is chock full of lifehacks and lifestyle design tips, and is not to be…
#34 Andrew Skinner - Triumph Foundation Founder
Apr 16 • 61 min
There was a crowd around Andrew Skinner at the Abilities Expo in Los Angeles. He and the Triumph Foundation which he co-founded have made such an impact on peoples’ lives that everyone wanted to see him. During this podcast interview it was easy to see…
#33 Bean Gill - Mental & Physical Health Guru
Apr 9 • 56 min
There aren’t many people with a goal to live to 109 years old, but Benveet Gill (Bean for short) has her sights firmly set on this and other lofty goals. Struck down by Transverse Myelitis and paralyzed from the waist down while on vacation with her…
#32 Jeremy McGhee - Adaptive Mountain Biking Pioneer
Apr 2 • 71 min
Jeremy McGhee is one tough dude. He’s pushed his paraplegic body to breaking point in the mountains, in the surf, and in the gym, and is now on a mission to document the world’s mountain bike tracks for adaptive riders, through his organisation The…
#31 Katherine Beattie - WCMX Champion & Award Winning Script Writer
Mar 26 • 58 min
What do you get when you combine skate, BMX and motocross culture with a fiery redhead who was born with Cerebral Palsy? You get Katherine Beattie, the first women to do a backflip in a wheelchair and also an award winning Hollywood writer. These talents…
#30 Richard Corbett - Paraplegic YouTube Sensation
Feb 17 • 68 min
It’s unbelievable that Richard Corbett is still alive. A 50 foot fall into an underground parking lot didn’t kill him, but an addiction to pain medication and a mental breakdown, nearly did. Finding his way out of the darkest of places, Richard is a now…
#29 Teal Sherer - Award Winning Actress
Sep 24, 2019 • 49 min
Teal Sherer is an award winning actress, who also happens to be a wheelchair user after a car accident left her a paraplegic when she was 14 years old. Teal shares her tips for being an actor as a wheelchair user, her thoughts for how society views…
#28 Garrison Redd - Brains, Brawn and a Wheelchair
Sep 2, 2019 • 50 min
Brooklyn might be considered the hood, but to Garrison Redd it has always been and always will be home. Even after the self-proclaimed authentic Brooklynite was shot in the back just steps away from his childhood home. An immensely physical and…
#27 Reveca Torres - Using Art For Social Change
Aug 19, 2019 • 41 min
Paralyzed in a car accident at age 13, Reveca thought her dreams of a career in art and fashion were over, but rolling in the footsteps of Mexican legend Frida Kahlo, Reveca has forged a career in the arts and is a pivotal figure in the disability rights…
#26 Martyn Sibley - World Changing Blogger
Aug 6, 2019 • 49 min
Martyn is a man on a mission. A mission to make our society a more inclusive place to live. He’s had to overcome major spinal fusion surgery, fundraise for vital mobility equipment, manage strangers to do his personal care, fight bouts of pneumonia,…
#25 Yannick Benjamin- Sommelier Extraordinaire
Jul 22, 2019 • 33 min
Yannick Benjamin is a world class sommelier (wine expert), the founder of charities Wine On Wheels and Wheeling Forward, and a man who knows what it’s like to push through barriers to do what he loves. Yannick has paved his way into New York’s restaurant…
#24 Sebastian Westin - Comedy, Adrenaline & Meditation Mix Master
Jul 8, 2019 • 52 min
Paraplegic Sebastian Westin is a Swedish prankster, para bobsledder, wheelchair instructor, musician, YouTuber, and meditation advocate. Giving himself a year to overcome the depression which almost killed him, he moved to India where the unthinkable…
#23 Alana Nichols - Adaptive Sporting Oracle
Jun 24, 2019 • 66 min
Alana Nichols is a world-class athlete with a passion for challenging herself and others. From a young age, her passion for sports and adventure has driven her and no matter what obstacle life throws her way, she takes a challenge head on. After suffering…
#22 Stuart Dunne - Mobility Master
Jun 10, 2019 • 49 min
Nothing seems to stop mobility master Stuart Dunne. After breaking his neck at 17 years old, following a car accident, Stuart quickly learned he just had to get on with life, and seize whatever opportunities were presented to him. He returned to…
#21 Karen Darke - Adaptive Expedition Legend
May 27, 2019 • 55 min
Karen Darke, MBE is nothing short of legendary. What she has achieved with her life after becoming paralysed from the chest down at age 21 is extraordinary. Her wild streak and love of adventure drove her to cross-country ski across the Greenland ice-cap,…
#20 Injured Veteran Turned Med Tech Inventor
May 13, 2019 • 42 min
Derek Herrera is a former Marine Special Operations Officer who was paralyzed after being shot in the spine while on duty in Afghanistan. Derek re-focused his energy and skill to complete an MBA and started Spinal Singularity, a company that is developing…
#19 Sophie Morgan - Inclusion Revolutionist
Apr 29, 2019 • 59 min
Sophie Morgan is a prolific TV personality, artist, adventurer, entrepreneur, and paralysed icon who never sits still. She is the face and star of numerous BBC TV series and is at the forefront of a global movement for inclusivity. A self described wild…
#18 Rob Smith - Active Hands Founder
Apr 15, 2019 • 34 min
When Rob Smith broke his neck he never thought he’d go onto play sport for Great Britain, or apply his mechanical engineering skills to create a company which would improve the lives of thousands around the world. Rob is an athlete, entrepreneur and…
#17 Nathalie McGloin - Tetraplegic Female Racing Driver
Mar 30, 2019 • 49 min
Nathalie McGloin is the world’s first female tetraplegic racing driver. She races a hand-controlled Cayman S in the Porsche Club Championship, competing against able-bodied men. She has an impressive list of sponsors, is the President of the FIA…
#16 Christian Bagg - Engineering Trailblazer
Mar 21, 2019 • 54 min
Paraplegic Christian Bagg is a brilliant engineer. He’s the founder of BowHead Corp. and designer of the Bowhead Reach, which is the world’s gnarliest and most capable off-road electric trike. He’s a family man, adventurer, and entrepreneur on a mission…
#15 Josh Dueck - Adaptive Skiing Legend
Mar 6, 2019 • 47 min
Josh Dueck is an absolute legend in the adaptive community. He became an instant celebrity after he appeared on the Ellen Degeneres show for becoming the first person to do a backflip in a sit ski. He is a Paralympic gold medalist, ambassador and mentor,…
#14 Aaron Baker - Holistic Recovery Expert
Feb 25, 2019 • 28 min
When doctors said Aaron Baker would never regain function he visualised the outcome he wanted and set about proving them wrong. Aaron is the founder of the Center of Restorative Exercise (C.O.R.E.) and believes that exercise is medicine.
#13 Roy Tuscany - High Fives Founder
Feb 19, 2019 • 24 min
Roy Tuscany is the founder of The High Fives Foundation whose vision is to be the “safety net of the outdoor action sports community”. Roy is such a positive guy, he hardly has a bad word to say about breaking his back, and has paid his experience and…
#12 Erik Kondo - Wheelchair Boarding Pioneer
Feb 12, 2019 • 37 min
As if riding a skateboard wasn’t hard enough, paraplegic Erik Kondo has found ways to ride them while in his wheelchair. And while at first this sounds foolhardy, there is some real logic behind his pioneering way of thinking about movement in a…
#11 Quentin Smith - The Great All-Rounder
Feb 4, 2019 • 36 min
From remote wilderness rafting trips, to yacht racing, to business and politics, paraplegic Quentin Smith is a true all rounder. But it’s took Quentin time and introspection to get there. Finding the cause, and a way to move past, “depression” helped…
#10 Tara Llanes - Adaptive Sporting Legend
Jan 28, 2019 • 70 min
From the highs of a professional mountain biking career to the deepest lows of living life paralysed from the waist down, Tara Llanes has risen again to become a world class wheelchair athlete and leader in the adaptive mountain biking community.
#09 Bruno Hansen - Soul Surfing Survivalist
Jan 22, 2019 • 56 min
South African Bruno Hansen has more survival stories than anyone else we know. A paraplegic following a carjacking attack, he’s now a three time world adaptive surfing champion with a wealth of physical, spiritual and emotional wisdom to share after years…
#08 Helen Smith - Bush Wheeling Adventurer
Jan 14, 2019 • 79 min
Paraplegic Helen Smith has found novel ways to explore the outdoors by literally harnessing her friends so she can go on multi-day camping and rafting adventures. She takes a lightweight approach and has many wheelchair life-hacks to share. She is the…
#07 Samanta Bullock- Inclusive Fashion Icon
Nov 30, 2018 • 43 min
Samanta is a wheelchair tennis champion, an inclusive fashion model, sought after speaker, and a health and wellbeing expert who is changing the way the world views inclusivity.
#06 - Jezza Williams - Inclusive Tourism Dynamo
Nov 4, 2018 • 32 min
Jezza’s mindset is astounding and infectious. Becoming a tetraplegic(quadriplegic) hasn’t stopped him from becoming an expert in accessible adventure tourism. He is the founder of Making Trax who are on a mission to encourage and assist tourism operators…
#05 - Fellipe Lima - World Adaptive Waveski Surfing Champion
Nov 4, 2018 • 23 min
Brazilian paraplegic Fellipe Kizu Lima is a legend. In a country with little money to support those with spinal cord injuries he found ways to “just get on with it” In a laid back interview we explore how he manages to surf waves all over the world, run a…
#04 - Tanelle Bolt - RAD Society Founder. All Round Adaptive Charger.
Nov 4, 2018 • 23 min
Paraplegic Tanelle Bolt hasn’t let the cost of adaptive equipment stop her from being rad again! She is the founder of the RAD society which she started to make it easier for people to try expensive adaptive equipment, or rent it and take it to enjoy with…
#03 - Joe Stone - Learning to Fly Again
Oct 31, 2018 • 50 min
Joe Stone hasn’t let his quadriplegia (tetraplegia) stop him from exploring his limits. His film, “It’s Raining, So What” , shares his journey to become the first person with his injury to complete a full ironman, and his latest passion is learning to fly…
#02 - Ira Edwards - Wheelchair Hunter Gatherer Extraordinaire
Oct 8, 2018 • 30 min
Ira Edwards is a paraplegic living in Alaska who has found creative ways to harvest the bounty from the land and sea despite using a wheelchair. He’s also an adaptive skier, and created a business that uses its profits to help fund adaptive ski equipment…
#01 - Darryl Tait - Wheelchair Back Flips, Overcoming Depression, X-Games and more…
Oct 2, 2018 • 34 min
This is the very first Adaptdefy podcast episode and what a guy to kick it off with. Paraplegic Darryl Tait didn’t let his accident stop him from exploring what he could do physically and he shares, among other things, his top tips for using a wheelchair,…