Diagnosed with type 2 in 2005
From an early-ish age, there are two subjects I’ve been a bit obsessed with. One is Everest and George Mallory, and the other one is Captain Scott at the south Pole. After rowing across the Atlantic, I decided I wanted to go to the south Pole.
Neil was medically discharged from the Royal Navy when he started taking insulin to treat his type 2 diabetes. While he thought about what he'd do next in his career, he wanted something to occupy his mind as well as his body, so he started training to row across the Atlantic. And once he'd achieved that, the world was his oyster.