Jack Eyers wants to be role model for people with disabilities

Bournemouth Echo: Jack Eyers Jack Eyers

AN AMPUTEE from Charminster says that he wants to be a role model for people with disabilities after starring in a national charity’s advertising campaign.

Jack Eyers, 25, who works as a personal trainer, is starring in Scope charity’s posters and an online advert, which parodies the iconic Levi’s laundrette advert, to encourage people to donate 1,000,000 items of clothing in July.

Jack was born with Proximal Femoral Focal Deficiency, meaning that his right leg and hip didn’t grow properly, while his hip joint was underdeveloped, meaning that he chose to have his leg amputated aged 16. In the past few years, Jack has starred in several advertising campaigns and played a role in the London 2012 Paralympic Games opening ceremony.

He said: “I’m part of a campaign called Models of Diversity, who are big on getting exposure for people with disabilities.

He added: “To be involved in the Scope campaign is huge.

“I want to become a role model for disabled people, because I am just a person, a ‘Joe Bloggs’, and yet I have been able to do this.

“The Paralympics opening ceremony was incredible. I think that that is where it all started for me, where we had to learn circus skills for three months, including the trapeze, tumbling and more. For the opening ceremony, I had to climb a ladder which was around 10-metres tall and then tumble down in front of about 80,000 people.”

Asked what he wants to do next, Jack said: “I want to be the face of a clothing brand and then it just so happens that I only have one leg.

“I never imagined as a boy that I could be a model.”

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2:13pm Fri 11 Jul 14

Marty Caine UKIP says...

Well done Jack, nice to see someone putting their own disability into something positive to help others.
Well done Jack, nice to see someone putting their own disability into something positive to help others. Marty Caine UKIP
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2:51pm Fri 11 Jul 14

Sir Beachy Head says...

I used to go the Fitspace gym. Jack was the personal trainer there and even though I never hired him for 1 to 1 sessions he was always helpful and a really nice bloke to be around. Inspirational. I wish him all the best for the future.
I used to go the Fitspace gym. Jack was the personal trainer there and even though I never hired him for 1 to 1 sessions he was always helpful and a really nice bloke to be around. Inspirational. I wish him all the best for the future. Sir Beachy Head
  • Score: 2

4:04pm Fri 11 Jul 14

Huey says...

Sir Beachy Head wrote:
I used to go the Fitspace gym. Jack was the personal trainer there and even though I never hired him for 1 to 1 sessions he was always helpful and a really nice bloke to be around. Inspirational. I wish him all the best for the future.
Seconded, I had the same experience.
[quote][p][bold]Sir Beachy Head[/bold] wrote: I used to go the Fitspace gym. Jack was the personal trainer there and even though I never hired him for 1 to 1 sessions he was always helpful and a really nice bloke to be around. Inspirational. I wish him all the best for the future.[/p][/quote]Seconded, I had the same experience. Huey
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7:23am Mon 14 Jul 14

roamer200 says...

We'll done sir!!! Amazing what people can do with disabilities. Perhaps those who claim they can't work need to take a look and be ashamed!! What a great inspiration
We'll done sir!!! Amazing what people can do with disabilities. Perhaps those who claim they can't work need to take a look and be ashamed!! What a great inspiration roamer200
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