Steve Arnold

Steve Arnold

Cycling

A former Staff Sergeant in the Army, Steve served with the Royal Engineers until July 2014. He is a double above knee amputee.

Steve says that sport (cycling) was his recovery and it gave and still gives him the reason to push on and show people and prove to himself that life isn't over and anything is possible.

He believes the PiP experience will provide him with a multi-sport, international environment and it will help to see how it all runs to provide experience.

Steve was injured in April 2011, went through rehab at Headley Court before taking part in Sports recovery events with Help for Heroes. This included the Race Across America in 2012 and the Invictus Games in 2014. He joined the British Cycling Development squad in October 2013.competing in national and international hand-cycling races.

In his own words he says: “sport has given me the drive and determination to keep going and not give up, it's also great for my health and I love being part of a team just like the military.”

Since injury, Steve tried skiing (which he loved before injury), waterskiing, wheelchair rugby, basketball and swimming before settling on hand-cycling.

Being selected onto the Pip Programme means a lot to Steve: “It’s recognition from British Cycling that although I wasn't ready for Rio they believe I could be ready for Tokyo. I’m honoured to be part of something that many people won't get to do, to be able to see from the inside how a major Games works.”