Jamie Gane
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Follow my journey on my blog! I post updates involving amputation, athletics, health and fitness, nutrition as well as my every day life. Get some tips on how you should be performing in the gym, how to improve your diet or what it's like in the day-to-day of an amputee. Take a behind the scenes look at competitions and my training or just read my viewpoints on relevant topics.

My Next Career Steps

As some of you may know, Friday is the start of my career as a full-time professional athlete. In order for me to progress further with my training, I have taken the step to concentrate my efforts on my sports, which will also enable me to motivate and inspire others more- it certainly wasn't a decision that I took lightly. 

What was my dream job?

As a child, similarly to many others, I had many career dreams. I always dreamed of being a paramedic or a maths teacher and my career path was often swayed by my disability. I always had a passion for numbers but was severely bullied at school so, as a young person choosing a career, the thought of being 'stuck' at school as a teacher sounded terrible. After some research, I also found that the hours and pay of a paramedic weren't particularly appealing so I started looking for something a bit different in the medical field - that's when I found dentistry. 

As my ability to walk was decreasing, I fell in love with the thought of being a dentist. Through college, I did plenty of work experience with my dentist and aimed my A Levels towards a career in dentistry. My grades were great and I was ready to go with my application until I had my assessment for my physical capability for dentistry -  it turns out my foot wouldn't allow me to be a dentist!

The governing body decided that medically, I couldn't pursue a career in dentistry due to my spasmic tendencies. When my foot was touched, my whole body would spasm and I was deemed to be unsafe if performing a procedure on a patient. As there was no realistic future for life without my foot at this stage, I was unable to fight the decision so I was left to find another career path. 

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Why the financial services?

Feeling stuck in my wheelchair without any sign of relief, I sought a high-paid career that would be desk-based. My father has a career in finance and with my love for numbers, the career choice made sense. I underwent a degree at a specialist Financial Services University and upon completion, I started my first position as a graduate (May 2017). It was very much a sense of accepting my fate and I decided to try and find enjoyment outside of my degree and career. 

At the same time as starting my position, I also received my first prosthetic from Blatchford in Basingstoke and started walking pain-free for the first time in 14 years. A few months later, I was up and running on my Blade XT and as you can imagine, with my ability to walk, I desired to be more active and explore the new able-bodied world. The concept of being behind a desk all day became increasingly difficult and in January, I decided to listen to my mind and move on to a healthier lifestyle - one where i'm able to inspire and motivate others while allowing enough time for my own progression and happiness.

The exciting thing is that from this Friday, I will no longer have a desk-job and will be a full-time professional athlete. Around my training and sponsor's requirements, I will be visiting schools and colleges to help inspire young people. I welcome this challenge with open arms and i'm really excited to see my progression when I have the time to train adequately. 

With more time, I will be able to assist more with the development of the cadets within the Army Cadet Force and I really can't wait to see what the future holds. 

If you'd like me to visit your school/college/organisation, drop me an email at jamie@jamiegane.com 

 

 

 

Jamie Gane