Ottobock Ambassador Andy Lewis selected for Rio
Ottobock ambassador Andy Lewis has been selected to be part of the British Paralympic triathlon team heading to Rio and will have Gold in his sights!
Commenting on the announcement of Ottobock ambassador Andy Lewis being selected to be part of the British Paralympic triathlon team heading to Rio, Philip Yates, Managing Director at Ottobock, said:
“These are exciting times, not only will this be Andy’s first time at the Games but it is also the debut for the triathlon event. Andy has come a long way in just three short years and we are honoured to have him as an Ottobock Ambassador. He has really proved that if you set your mind to something you can accomplish great things.
“We are thrilled Andy will have this opportunity to represent his country and his sport and we here at Ottobock would like to say huge congratulations and wish him well as he embarks on his Paralympic journey.”
At the age of sixteen Andy Lewis was left with a disfigured leg after being hit by a 38 tonne articulated lorry while out on his motorcycle in his hometown in Gloucestershire. After five years and a series of infections he opted to have his leg amputated.
The 2012 Paralympics was the turning point for Andy and after watching the inspirational athletes compete it rekindled his love for running and fitness. Andy was then introduced to triathlons by the charity Arctic One and started to train seriously to become a professional athlete.
Andy was fitted with the Ottobock sports prosthesis back in 2013. The prosthesis, which he uses for running, consists of an Ottobock 3S80 knee joint that combines with a 1E90 Sprinter Foot. Andy has also been fitted with an Ottobock 3R106 knee joint that he uses for cycling and as his ‘everyday leg’. He has since had his 3S80 knee joint upgraded to the 3S80=1; a version that uses a hydraulic oil that is less viscous for a smoother-running movement making it perfectly suited for athletes.