I’m a 29 year-­old from Manchester, England, who has been living and working in Vienna since 2010. Although I studied International Business, the Teach For Austria program has allowed me to work for the last three years as a full-time English and Sport teacher at a Neue ­Mittelschule in the city.

At the age of 19, I broke my back in a snowboarding accident. This near­-death experience made me realise that I was lucky to still be alive and led me to run my first ever marathon just 12 months later. Over the past ten years I’ve run marathons in cities all over Europe and in 2014 and this inspired me to create my own running event,­ the U­-Run. The annual event where teachers show their pupils firsthand that anything is possible by running non-­stop the incredible 86km distance of the Vienna Underground network and in turn hundreds of schoolchildren show the world that they are capable of anything by running the final 5km.

In my role as a Teach For Austria Fellow, I work on a daily basis with teenagers from socially and financially disadvantaged families with the aim of inspiring them into believing that they can achieve great things, no matter what hardships they may have experienced in the past.