Wheelchair Presenter Countryfile

Steve spent five weeks in intensive care


Presenter for the BBC’s Countryfile program

Steve Brown fulfilled a childhood dream when he became a presenter for the BBC’s Countryfile program last year. A sportsman and a nature lover from a young age, he remembers spending most of his time while growing up in Kent playing football, catching tadpoles and slowworms, or watching nature programs on the TV.

At 15 he told his career advisor that he wanted to become a TV wildlife presenter. She told him to forget it! Dreams, however, can come true, but to make it happen Steve had to face an even bigger challenge. The fact that he is now a full-time wheelchair user.

Twelve years ago, Steve tripped and fell off a first story balcony. As he lay on the ground, he knew that he had suffered a serious injury. Later, he discovered he had broken his neck and was paralyzed from the chest down. Steve spent five weeks in intensive care and then put all his efforts into his rehabilitation at the Stoke Mandeville hospital.

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His first assignment for Countryfile

He set about to adapt positively to his new life in a wheelchair, and as he had always participated in sports, representing his home county in football and cricket before his injury, it was natural for him to continue to do so. He began playing wheelchair rugby and captained the GB squad in the 2012 Paralympics. This threw him into the public eye, and his media prowess brought him the chance to do a couple of presentations on Springwatch and The One Show.

His first assignment for Countryfile was filming hares on a nature reserve in Lancashire, and he was captivated. He said, “For me it is worth every flat tyre, every muddy set of hands, every wet lap… I want to be judged on my performance. I’m hoping people will see it’s about ability, not disability.”

Wheelchair Presenter Countryfile

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