About Arthur

Arthur turned to sport and wheelchair racing after a car accident that paralysed him from the waist down.

He trained alongside Mickey Bushell and won the Birmingham Half Marathon in 2009. After showing bags of potential in handcycling, he then transferred to the British Cycling Paralympic development squad before applying for Channel 4's talent search.

After losing a lot of his physical ability to work, Arthur was determined not to be labelled as a 'pen-pusher', so looking for a new profession in life he turned to a childhood fascination and became a pilot - achieving his licence within eight months of starting. 

In the summer of 2013 he made his first breakthrough as a factual presenter on C4, using his passion for military history as a reporter for D-Day As It Happened and The Plane that Saved Britain.

Q & A with Arthur

  • Q
    Do you take part in any winter sports yourself?
  • A
    I’ve had a go at adaptive alpine skiing, ice sledge hockey and a brief go at cross country skiing, which is ridiculously hard.

    For those who haven’t seen it, imagine those old science stools that you had at school, upright, with two skis bolted onto the legs and using ski poles to push yourself along, even uphill. It’s amazing.
  • Q
    Which event are you most excited about watching in Sochi?
  • A
    I was keeping a keen eye on the ice sledge hockey but Great Britain haven’t qualified, which was a massive disappointment for me because it's the Winter Paralympics equivalent of wheelchair rugby.

    But we’ve got alpine skiing and there are loads of events to watch in that. Micky Brennan is a former military friend of mine and I’m looking forward to seeing how he does in his first Games.

    I went through Headley Court with him and knew him at the Battle Back military rehabilitation programme. He was learning to ski just slightly before I started to ski back in 2008.

    The alpine sports are just amazing. I was an able-bodied skier before my accident and I’ve done sit-skiing since. One of my favourite sports, though, is cross country – and especially biathlon.

    I loved biathlon before my injury. I used to be a Royal Marine and we did a lot of cross country skiing with a rifle. We would ski for a certain number of miles and then fire at targets.

    There was something I really loved about being one man, with his kit and his rifle, out in the middle of nowhere. You know you can survive on your own, and I really liked that independence.
  • Q
    What’s your best memory of a previous Winter Paralympics?
  • A
    I was actually in Vancouver during the Winter Paralympics in 2010. I was there with Battle Back and we went over and tried the winter sports and watched some of the Games.

    We were all injured service personnel and our group played ice sledge hockey in the main arena with the Canadian defence minister and a couple of the Canadian team members.

    It was really awesome because some of the lads, including Micky Brennan, really wanted to sock it to them and we gave them a bit of a hard time.

    To give him his due, the minister was really aggressive too. It wasn’t what we expected to see from a politician and we admired him for that.

    That was my first exposure to the Winter Paralympics because before that I had never even heard of it.

    Britain’s not really a winter sports nation so it’s hard to get involved in these things, but some of the guys who went on that trip with me stuck it out.

    Micky stuck it out and look where he is now. He’s on the GB team!