David Reilly was born with Cerebral Palsy but has never let his disability prevent him from participating in outdoor pursuits, achieving his goals and fulfilling his potential. And now through writing and motivational speaking David shares his experience that thoughts that can’t help but motivate and inspire others. 

His passion for the outdoors began at a young age where he started canoeing, camping, and hillwalking  with the local Scouts and with family. Whilst at university he climbed over 30 Munros, paddled race canoes and was a junior leader at Scout camp. 

David was labeled as a slow learner at school and was, at one time, put into a class for children with learning disability. He left school at 16 and, after receiving the right remedial teaching, he got enough ‘A’ levels to earn a place at university. David attained a BSc honours degree in Biotechnology a the University of Abertay then, in 1996, graduated from the University of Manchester Department of Medicine with an MSc in Cell & Molecular Biology.

Over the last decade David learned to ski and has made many trips to the French Alps although his passion, without doubt, has become road cycling. Through sheer grit and determination David has achieved, among other things, a trial for the British Paralympic team, taken part in para-cycling races and is a regular participant in Edinburgh Road Club who have been tremendously supportive and made him very welcome. 

David now shares his passion and motivations by speaking and writing. To find out more click here.