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EPISODE 39 ft. Roy Campbell – What would you do if you were stuck in a neck brace for 22 months with suicidal thoughts? This is what happened to Roy Campbell after a threatening injury that changed the trajectory of his athletic career. He was told he would never be able to run and that walking would be an extremely difficult task. On this podcast, Roy joins me to talk about how he went from that outcome to actually running in the Sahara Desert for seven days, competing in the Ironman, and the Hawaii World Championships. This truly breathtaking story will have you listening to it more than once.
Roy Campbell is a powerful inspirational speaker and a Youth Worker working with at-risk youth. He was born in England, grew up in Jamaica then later returned back to England. AT 20 years old he began a playing professional rugby league career in both England and New Zealand. At the age 23 and with a promising career ahead of him but during a game he was tackled by three players, lifted into the air and driven head first into the ground, breaking his neck in 3 places.
Over the course of 8 months, he underwent 2 major operations to fuse and wire C1, C2 & C3 then spending nearly 2 years in either traction, wearing a halo attached to his skull or a neck brace. Doctors said that he would NEVER be able to run again, and at best walk with a limp for the rest of his life.
Over the years Roy has refused to give up and has proved the doctors wrong. He has participated in some of the world’s toughest endurance races including the legendary Marathon Des Sables, a 7 day self-sufficient run through Moroccan Sahara Desert and has also raced through the Brazilian Amazon Jungle where he was stroked by Jaguares and attacked by Giant Hornets. He went on to race in the Hawaii Ironman World Championship and continues to participate in adventures around the world.