AECC University College Support Marine Veteran in Physical and Mental Feat

Marine veteran and stroke survivor, Mark Bowra MBE, is set to conquer the distance between Land's End to John o'Groats over a period of 26 days in 2020, inspiring others to achieve their goals in this remarkable physical and mental challenge.

Image L-R: Performance Coach, Bernie Shrosbree. Director of AECC University College's Chiropractic Clinic, Dr Neil Osborne. Neurological Physiotherapist, Ruth Osborne.

Mark will swim, cycle, canoe and walk the impressive distance of Great Britain, during which he hims to take on several hill walks including Snowdon and Pen y Fan, swim Bala Lake in Gwynedd, Walkes, then tackle the Lake District - to canoe the length of Lake Windermere, and then proceed on to Loch Ness, and then to his final destination of John o'Groats. 

Mark is a former Lieutenant Colonel with the Royal Marines, and his life change dramatically when he suffered a stroke. Since his recovery he has gone on to take part in the Invictus Games 2016 which enabled him to regain a sense of camaraderie, and helped him realise there are all sorts of sports he could still participate in despite his severe disability. Mark has been funded by Help for Heroes in the past and set up a venture  providing Bowra Bags bags to help others with a brain injury begin their own rehab and recovery – a bag with contents for new stroke victims, based upon the aids that Mark found helpful in his own recovery.

In order to start his challenge, Mark approached Performance Coach and Ex-Marine Bernie Shrosbree to help him train and, due to their long collaborative relationship, Bernie in turn approached Dr Neil Osborne, Director of AECC University College's Chiropractic Clinic, to see if he could help. At these very early stages of discussion, Dr Osborne alongside lecturer Phill Heritage from our School of Psychology, Sport and Physical Activity, aim to support Mark with a cross-discipline team of experts from within all our academic schools. Dr Osborne has also enlisted the assistance of experienced, specialist neurological physiotherapist, Ruth Osborne, who has agreed to help Mark achieve his goal. The team envisage opportunities for current student interns to assist with some of the training support and care along the journey. 

Dr Neil Osborne, Director of AECC University College's Chiropractic Clinic commented: "Mark is hoping to motivate others who have had life changing experiences, and to encourage others to go beyond their perceived limits. This is an extremely inspirational endeavour and one we are delighted to be supporting by way of our expertise and clinical provision." 

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