17 May Essex athlete among Team UK for the Invictus Games Sydney 2018
An Essex athlete has been announced on Team UK for the Invictus Games Sydney 2018.
The team of 72 competitors selected to represent the UK at the Invictus Games Sydney 2018 was exclusively unveiled earlier this week at Horse Guards Parade.
Paul Guest from Essex who served in the Royal Navy until 1998 and has found life outside of the military extremely difficult.
He said “After locking myself away for the best part of ten years in my bedroom the only contact with the outside world was my wife and carer Michelle. My youngest children had never seen me outside that room. This all changed last year with the selection for the 2017 Invictus Games. My family started to come together and my children had a reason to be proud of me.”
Re-applying for Invictus 2018 the Frinton-on-Sea based sportsman added: “I hope to pull my family and myself back together; to get that self-pride back for not only my family but myself too. In the future I hope to push forward with my wheelchair basketball coaching and would like to take it into schools and colleges; promoting wheelchair sports, Help for Heroes and the Invictus foundation.”
Paul took part in this year’s London Marathon.