Naidex 2020

9th - 10th Nov 2020
NEC, Birmingham

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Justin Levene

Justin Levene

Wheelchair Athlete
In June 2009, 2 days before his 21st birthday, Justin Levene's life changed irrevocably. Whilst walking home from work, a cough caused a herniated and prolapsed disc. The subsequent surgeries all failed & caused damage to his spinal cord leaving him a paraplegic. After spending the next 18 months in hospital, with no rehabilitation and no physiotherapy, he had lost almost all of his independence and his body had withered away. Yet it was through this trauma, that he was able to develop a profound new outlook on life and became determined to use this event as a catalyst to help himself and others. Sport has always been a key aspect of Justin's life and it promptly became a lifeline and career. Initially through wheelchair basketball and then with wheelchair racing, Justin quickly established himself as one of the world's top wheelchair athletes, with 29 marathon titles across the globe. Justin has used his expertise to begin educating others and regularly mentors newly injured patients and soldiers, ensuring everyone can have the skills needed to live successful and independent lives. Justin is an ambassador for several charities and an extremely active member of numerous consultative committees. A staunch activist for equality and human rights, he works tirelessly to see fair treatment for everyone.
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