Ian Hosking - Biography
Ian was injured in 2004 and completed his rehabilitation at Stoke Mandeville hospital. He has no movement or sensation from his chest down and some limitation in his hand function. Despite this he leads a full and rewarding life.
Ian played wheelchair rugby for London Wheelchair Rugby Club, one of the largest and most successful teams in Europe for 8 years. During some of this time he was part of the Great Britain Development Squad and acted as Club Secretary for his London club, ensuring that training sessions were booked and communicated amongst the team. Ian is very much still involved with wheelchair rugby, he is chairman and player of Stoke Mandeville Maulers. He has also completed several half marathons and London marathon twice.
Prior to his injury, Ian worked in Public Relations for a large international car manufacturer for many years. During this time Ian was involved in organising and promoting new car models to the Media, which required excellent delegation, planning and public speaking skills.
From 2007 till 2014 Ian worked for the Spinal Injury Association, a national peer lead Spinal injury Charity that offers help & support to injured people and their families. Ian was a Peer Support Officer which involved speaking to those who were newly injured, providing support, advice and guidance during the rehabilitation process at Stoke Mandeville Hospital. He often worked alongside the Therapy staff demonstrating functional tasks and skills. Ian also assisted with education sessions to new members of staff and presented on education days for relatives and non-specialist health professionals.