“In July 2015 I had surgery due to a bowel disease called ulcerative colitis, which as a result has left me with a permanent ostomy bag. I was not that scared of having the operation, however I was afraid that it would lead to a restrictive life which included not be able to participate in activities that a young, healthy lad would be able to. The thought of a contact sport scared the shit out of me (no pun intended) as I was not able to gauge what kind of impact that would have on my body. And if you would have told me 2 years ago that I now train with a rugby team, I would have laughed out loud and thought you were delusional.
Now the fact that statement is true, it still blows my mind! Don’t get me wrong, the confidence I will need to actually play a game will take some time, however I am beginning to listen to my body and with the support of the other guys on the team I am slowly beginning to realise that I am able to get stuck into tackles without the fear of impact! The fact that I am doing something completely new, and something that I NEVER thought I’d be able to do post-op reassures me that nothing will stop me pushing myself to try new adventures in my life.
Since joining the Vikings I have met some truly amazing and inspirational people and I have made some true friends for life. The support and patience that I get is something that I am so grateful for. If you are looking to be pushed out of your comfort zone and do something which can make you a better, more confident version of yourself, then try something new sooner rather than later – come along to the Vikings give it a try session and be part of the brotherhood!”