Jon Amos -Team
Leader , I.T. and Communications.
Job : To hand cycle from Darwin to Adelaide, to succeed
where others have failed and to set a new world record.
During the expedition carry
out comparative tests on himself and another team member to see how
the extreme conditions may affect them.
To promote the aims and
objectives of the Wheelchair Sports Worldwide
Biography : Although left paraplegic after a road traffic
accident in 1976, the grass has never grown under his feet. He has
always taken an active role in the field of sport. He has lifted for
Great Britain,become the coach for the British Weightlifting
Association for the Disabled and received the Coach of the Year
Award in 1997.
1998 he attempted to reach the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro but was
defeated by the weather.Jon is married to Lynn and they have two
children,Rebecca and Robert.
Ambition : Amongst the many,
the most important one is to live and enjoy life to the
Cpl. Simon Davies
Assistant Team Leader.
Job : To act as an out-rider
to Jon and be utilised in the comparative tests. He will also act as
the PR link to Jon and the team.
Biography : Simon has been in
the Royal Marines for 12 years, at present he is an instructor in
the Landing Craft branch. He has travelled extensively around the
globe and has spent the majority of his career in operational
units.As a Royal Marine Commando you must have the ability to adapt
and Simon has had plenty of practise, as he has worked in many
different environments and conditions from the Arctic wastes of
Norway to the extreme heat of Central America.
He was privileged to be on
the team of Jon's 'Challenge of Endeavour' last year climbing Mt.
Kilimanjaro. However he admits the 2020 mile World Endurance record
Jon will be attempting in July will be his toughest challenge yet.
When Simon is not working he enjoys climbing and mountain biking
with his girlfriend Pamela.
Cpl. Stuart Gentry. I.T. and
Age : 30
Job : To assist Jon with I.T
,communications and photography. He will also act whenever possible
as an out-rider with Simon
Biography : Stuart has served in
the Royal Marines for 12 years. He has travelled extensively from
the northern flanks of Norway through the jungles of Brunei and
Belize to the deserts of North Africa. Cpl. Gentry found himself
drawn to a life on the water, having grown up in and around the
Yorkshire fishing town of Whitby, and specialised in the Landing
Craft branch of the Royal Marines. Although leading a hectic
lifestyle, Stuart enjoys most sports, especially mountain biking and
water sports. Stuart says he feels privileged to have been selected
for the 'Challenge' . Stuart is married to Charlotte and currently
resides in London.
Ambition : To sail around the
Cpl. Ian Lawton P.T.I. and Remedial
Age : 31
Job : To collate data for the
comparative tests, to ensure that Jon stays in the best possible
condition throughout the 'Challenge' and to drive one of the support
Biography : Ian is a serving member of the Royal
Marines based at RM. Condor in Scotland. He is a physical training
instructor, specialising in Remedial Therapy. He has enjoyed
travelling the world, mainly in an official capacity, Hong Kong,
Malaysia, Bahrain, Turkey, Cyprus and Iraq to name but a few. Ian
has an avid interest in sports , he holds a National medal in Dragon
boating but football is his main interest is football. Ian normally
resides in Somerset with his wife Sandra and their three children
Simon, Lee and Aaron.
Ambition : short term to assist Jon in
completing his world record attempt, long term to work in a position
of remedial therapist for one of England's premiership football
Martin Cooper RM... Bike Mechanic
No age volunteered!!!
Job : To maintain the bikes
of the out-riders and the hand cycle, to ensure that the team gets a
balanced diet and to drive the other support vehicle.
Martin joined the Royal Marines in 1987 after having served an
apprenticeship as a bike mechanic at Plymouth Cycles .After
completing his recruitment training with the Royal Marines he served
at 42 Cdo. as a rifleman and Mortar troop, he served on HMS Ark Royal
during the Gulf War. He has also served with Cdo's 40 and 45. In
1997 he completed his chef training and joined RM.. Poole.
is interested in a variety of sports which include running,
triathlon, biathlon, cross country skiing, Outdoor pursuits and
Extreme sports. He has raised money for charity through running
events. He has also boxed for the RM... at both Bantam and Feather
weight classes, he has represented the Combined services at Cross
Country and from 1993 -97 was part of the Biathlon