Dave Smith, Paralympic champion shares his emotional story intertwining sporting pursuit and cancer survival. This interview is a deep one, it’s a full existential exploration of what is important, how and what we pursue and the focus on what really matters in our lives. I had the truly humbling, moving and inspirational experience of speaking to Dave Smith to tell his utterly remarkable story of sporting endeavour, fighting cancer and choosing to live life.
- Living with purpose, the benefits and negatives of social media and the way in which the world can rapidly change
- External and internal effects of spinal tumour
- Reaching out for help
- Regaining control better sleep, better nutrition, better exercise, reconnecting with passions and support of friends and mentors
- Dave’s story form the beginning
- Foot deformity from birth
- Tumour symptoms from 17
- Overtraining and pushing too hard
- Bobsleigh challenge
- Classifying for Paralympic sport
- 2009 joining a supported rowing programme
- Rowing support and investigation saved Dave’s life and identified the tumour
- 2010 tumour diagnosis, life changed but sport was the coping mechanism
- Cancer diagnosis and the way in which you deal with it is very individual, use what works for you, Dave chose to use it as a battle and threw himself into sport.
- The difference between the ‘have to’ and ‘want to’ goals
- Who are you and what defines you, what is your purpose?
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