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Escape to the Perfect Town star Steve Brown talks 'turning point' after paralysis 

The TV presenter from paralysed from the waist down when he was 23  

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Emmy Griffiths
TV & Film Editor
5 November 2020
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Escape to the Perfect Town presenter Steve Brown has opened up about the "turning point" for him after he was paralysed from the chest down after breaking his neck. 

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Speaking to The Telegraph, he revealed that his parents took him to a wheelchair rugby match, explaining: "It was one of the first days that I’d been up in a wheelchair, barely a month after my accident... I couldn’t think of anything more humiliating than being out in public. I had no balance, I was timid and embarrassed at people looking at me." 

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Steve broke his neck in his early twenties

He continued: "But seeing the team in training was inspiring. There were people trying to knock each other out of their wheelchairs, shouting, swearing and arguing. There was a canyon between where I was mentally and physically and where they were. 

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"A lot of them had similar injuries to me, some had worse, and I thought: 'If they can be that confident, why can’t I?’ It was a turning point." 

Steve went on to serve as captain of the Great Britain wheelchair rugby squad, and played in the 2012 London Paralympic Games. Chatting to the BBC, he said: "I wanted that drive and to have that determination and passion about something in my life. 

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Steve served as captain of the Great Britain wheelchair rugby squad

"And to go from them inspiring me to me being their Captain at London 2012 - I owe it to the people in the team, that I managed to achieve that."

Since retiring from wheelchair rugby, Steve has had a hugely successful television career, and has presented Springwatch and Countryfile alongside Escape to the Perfect Town.

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