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The latest arrival to the team, Steve O'Reilly, 29 years old from Newark, Nottinghamshire.
Steve and Dan Hopwood met and became good friends during their 4 year period serving for the Parachute Regiment. They were deployed on the same tours of duty,
thus there was no doubt he could stand up to this challenge.
Now Steve concentrates running his own business based in Newark, Home Solutions currently has been running for three years and continues to expand
specialising in Joinery and Carpertry.
During his spare time he enjoys swimming, cycling and the gym, maintaining fitness is important, you never know when you may get called up
on an expedition at short notice!
comes from Doveridge, Derbyshire. After leaving school Dan completed
his A-levels and went on to University to complete a BEng (Hons)
in Materials Engineering studying part time whilst working for
Rolls-Royce Turbine Systems.
completion of his degree Dan profited from the property boom and
left to travel Asia. He toured Thailand, Laos, Myanmar, China,
South Korea and Russia amongst many other countries before returning
to the UK in 2003.
his year off drinking and having fun, Dan completed an MSc in
Surface Engineering whilst working full time in the aerospace
industry and joined the Territorial Army with the Royal Artillery.
is currently serving with Multi-National Forces in Iraq with 40
Regiment the Lowland Gunners. Dan's interests include traveling,
scuba diving, skiing and keeping fit.
Stu left school at the
age of 16 and studied a BTEC in motor vehicle engineering at Burton
Technical College, Staffordshire. He continued onto higher education
at Loughborough College and Stoke on Trent College achieving a
HND/C in motor vehicle management.
in a successful family run independent garage business established
for over 30 years by his Father, Stu plays a major role in the
running of the business
competes in an oval circuit stock car which involves racing most
weekends during the season. He's also an extremely keen skier,
canoeist and gym enthusiast.
served for 4 years with The Parachute Regiment serving in N. Ireland,
Macedonia and Afghanistan. In September 2002 he broke his back
in a motorcycle accident whilst traveling in Thailand, leaving
him paralysed from the chest down.
a regular at the gym's at both University and Uttoxeter. Soon
after his accident
he got involved in Hawaiian Canoeing and went on to win a Gold
medal in the 2006 World Sprint Championships. He thought of The
Mississippi Paddle as a challenge in mid 2006.
hopes to finish the expedition as a personal challenge whilst
raising awareness for disability canoeing, Spinal Research, Spinal
Injury and Inclusive Expeditions/Adventures.
is currently studying for a BSc(H) in Forensic Computing at Staffordshire