Paralympic champion retires to drive business supporting mental health at work

Andy Lewis MBE hangs up his blade

A Lydney man who took gold in the first ever Paralympic triathlon, held in Rio de Janeiro four years ago, has retired from competition following the postponement of the 2020 Paralympics in Tokyo to next year.

But a step away from competition will allow him to invest in his mentoring business.

Bespoke Mentoring was founded in 2018, as a partnership between Paralympian Andy Lewis MBE and experienced educator Chris Powell. Together they work with individuals, schools and businesses, to offer bespoke training and support centred around the improvement and understanding of mental health.

The pinnacle of Andy Lewis’s triathlon career, which also boasted British, European and International titles and earned him an MBE from the royal family, saw him break the ribbon a full minute ahead of his nearest rival in Brazil.

Now, using lessons learnt from a complex life battling physical and mental setbacks, Andy has a powerful message: “I can change people’s lives, and it’s time for me to make good on my word. There is nothing more important than your mental health. Nothing. And I want to use my experiences to help people monitor, manage and improve it. Whilst I learnt the very hard way, I’m grateful for the lessons which have made me ten times stronger than I ever could have been. Nothing has levelled me yet, and that kind of resilience is what makes you successful, whatever your measure of that is.”

He adds that in a time of isolation, remote working and homeschooling, many companies feel helpless as they watch their employees struggle with this new normal. “Motivation and mindset are muscles which need training like anything else. That’s why Bespoke Mentoring was born,” he added.