Arthur's amazing journey

Arthur Williams is an ex-Royal Marine who became paralysed from the waist down after a car accident eight years ago. He was determined to rebuild his life and has since gained a private pilot's licence, presented a number of Paralympic sporting events - including the Paralympics C4 coverage - and is now combining his love of flying and presenting for a new three-part documentary series, Flying to the Ends of the Earth.

"I always wanted to be a pilot from day one. I don't know whether adolescent testosterone kicked in and it was more of a macho thing to join the marines."

Arthur said he's his own worst enemy when it comes to challenging himself and getting the most out of life: "I'm never one to let up on an opportunity. If something arises, I'm going to pursue it, give it my damnedest and see how we get on."

Arthur said if he hadn't had his accident, he would have still been in the marines as he absolutely loved that but hasn't let the fact that he's in a wheelchair hold him back: "I thought I'd hit a brick wall and people would say, 'no, you can't fly a plane if you're disabled!'" But everyone has been fantastic and from the lowest levels to the top, they've said that "Arthur, prove you can do something safely and you can have as much rope as you can."

Flying to the Ends of the Earth is on Monday, 8pm on C4

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