He also described how fighting for his life after the accident made him take a more positive outlook on life:
“I don't want anyone else in a similar situation to define themselves by their disability.
"We shouldn't view people in terms of what they can't do."
"If I can [beat the record] it would send out a real statement about people with disabilities can achieve."
Speaking to Prince Harry earlier this year, the Rowing Marine said: "When you go outside (leave the military), you think I'm going to miss the lads, miss the laughs, the camaraderie and everything that goes with it. But actually, it's the sense of service, sense of doing something that matters.
"And you allowing me to do this for the Endeavour Fund has allowed me to carry that on."