Disability Advocate PWB, Founder of Rise Above Limits.
I live to inspire people and promote disability awareness.
Ashley Archer is the founder of Rise Above Limits (R.A.L) and is living proof that no matter what may stand in your way, success is achievable. He understands the physical and mental strength needed to overcome challenges as a sportsman, and in life. As a public speaker Ashley motivates audiences to move beyond their limitations and into their greatness.
Ashley was born with arthrogryposis multiplex congenital, a condition that affects his legs, and means he uses a wheelchair. Having struggled with self-belief, seeing David Weir win four gold medals at the 2012 Paralympics inspired him to pursue training at Weir’s wheelchair racing club, and led to a professional career as a wheelchair racer as part of the GB Talent Squad. Rather than limit himself to one discipline, Ashley has also competed in basketball playing for the London Titans and currently plays sledge ice hockey for the Peterborough Phantoms and with the GB Squad. He has competed alongside some of the world’s top athletes and has had the opportunity to compete nationally and internationally. Ashley is also a former member of Team BRIT, a racing car team made up entirely of disabled drivers aiming to compete alongside able-bodied drivers.
Ashley has landed coverage in print and broadcast outlets including BBC, ITV, Channel 5 News and Sky News. He has also modelled as the face of various disability campaigns and has taken on acting roles, including in a series for Amazon Prime.
As a current Ambassador for my AFK charity that works with disabled young people and for Disability Sports Channel, he is the perfect speaker for education institutions, for staff training and at events.