He had practiced archery for three years, and so thought he would try to take part in the Invictus Games. At a try out session, he was also able to have a go at wheelchair basketball, which he really enjoyed and ended up competing in both sports.
He said; ‘taking part in the games was an amazing experience, I had never competed in anything on that scale. It was very exciting, and I was very nervous getting onto the archery shooting line, but once I started, it was a lot of fun.’
With his team-mates, he won a Bronze Medal in the Men’s Open Recurve Archery event, and then another Bronze Medal for the Wheelchair Basketball. He said; ‘I was ecstatic to win. I didn’t go there with that mindset, but once we knew we had the medal, it was mind blowing to realise what we had done, and to win alongside the two guys I had had the pleasure of training with, it was amazing. It proves that I have a sense of worth, it’s brought me on leaps and bounds, and showed me I am capable and can persevere through what I need to.’
Text by SI Doug Stuart
Photo credit: Theo Cohen and H4H