PICTURES: Fremington Paralympic hopeful models for diversity campaign

British weight lifting champion Ross Austen, from Fremington, has lnt his support to Models of Diver

British weight lifting champion Ross Austen, from Fremington, has lnt his support to Models of Diversity, a campaign for more diversity in the fashion industry.Picture: James Lyons - Credit: Photographer: James Alexander Ly

Para-powerlifting hopeful who lost his leg in Afghanistan has modelled for a charity campaign to try and promote diversity in the media.

A Paralympic hopeful who lost his leg while serving in Afghanistan has modelled for a campaign to celebrate diversity.

Ross Austen, 34, from Fremington, took part in a photoshoot for the Models of Diversity campaign.

Ross sustained injuries to his right leg in active service in 2008, and last year took up para-powerlifting.

He already has a British Championships gold medal to his name and will be travelling to the Rio 2016 Olympics alongside the GB team.


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Models of Diversity campaigns for all shapes, genders and abilities to be represented in the media.

Ross said: “My goal and ambition is to now represent my country at the Paralympics and to show others that anything is possible with hard work and determination.

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“If I can inspire others to not give up, no matter what life throws at you, then surviving my injuries has made it all worthwhile.

“This is why I support everything that Models of Diversity stand for.

“They show that no matter what your disability is, you can still follow your dreams and ambitions; if you want it enough then anything is possible.”

Ross said when he was injured he thought his life was over, until he started to slowly regain his fitness through learning to walk again.

He added: “I thought, maybe there is a life after my injury – and then I found sport, which has changed my life completely.”

MOD is asking people to sign a petition to ensure disabled people have a greater representation in the fashion industry. Find it at: https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/109259

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