On the 4th April 2004, Matt King's life changed forever.Making his first tackle as a 17-year-old professional rugby player for London Broncos Academy, his neck snapped.A happy-go-lucky teenager with the world seemingly at his feet; his life, as well as his spinal cord, appeared broken.But, showing the same spirit, resilience, wit and courage that characterised him before the accident, Matt overcame the severe trauma and rebuilt his life; gaining a degree, a high profile job in the legal profession, became a successful mouth-painter, participated in marathons and carried the Olympic torch in 2012.Awarded the OBE for his charity work, which also includes giving motivational speeches to some of the country's leading organizations, his is a story of the ultimate triumph of human spirit.Two years in the writing, his unflinching account tells of his upbringing in Bedfordshire, his nine month stay in three hospitals and the arduous road to rehabilitation.As he says, "My life changed in that split second on the pitch and my goals and aspirations altered along with it, but it didn't change the person I am or the fact that I want to make the most of this life."
This is one of the most inspirational, remarkable and affirming accounts you will ever read.All profits will go to the Rugby League Benevolent Fund, which Matt's experiences helped to found.Includes two moving chapters written by his parents.Foreword by Sir Alex Ferguson, afterword by Richard Lewis
Matt King was destined to be a rugby player but broke his neck in his first professional game. He has since gone on to break boundaries for those with severe spinal cord injuries who require permanent ventilation including gaining a degree, working as a legal specialist, skiing, participating in marathons, becoming a renowned mouth-painter, giving inspirational speeches to major organisations and carrying the Olympic torch. In 2012 he was awarded the OBE for services to chatiry
CHAPTER 1 - DEATH WISH CHAPTER 2 - THE EVE CHAPTER 3 - THE KINGS CHAPTER 4 - PRE MATCH CHAPTER 5 - GROWING UP CHAPTER 6 - LIFE CHANGES CHAPTER 7 - A CONTENDER CHAPTER 8 - REALITY HITS CHAPTER 9 - PARENTAL NIGHTMARE CHAPTER 10 - NEARER HOME CHAPTER 11 - NEW LIFE CHAPTER 12 - INSPIRING GESTURE CHAPTER 13 - THE RETURN CHAPTER 14 - NEW CHAPTER CHAPTER 15 - SCHOOL LIFE CHAPTER 16 - SWEDISH SLOPES CHAPTER 17 - CAP & GOWN CHAPTER 18 - MARATHON EFFORT CHAPTER 19 - PAYING BACK CHAPTER 20 - TAX PAYER CHAPTER 21 - ROYAL APPOINTMENT