Meet the UK team's wounded heroes and find out what the Invictus Games means to them
Ahead of the 2017 Invictus Games in Toronto this weekend, Bremont caught up with Team UK competitors Mark Ormrod, Kelly Ganfield and Team Captain, Bernie Broad. Watch the interviews with each of these truly inspiring individuals and find out how you can support the UK Team this weekend.
Invictus Games UK Team Captain
Bernie Broad, a former Army Major with the Grenadier Guards, lost both his legs below the knee due to injuries sustained in an explosion in Helmand Province in 2009. He underwent four and a half years of extensive surgery whilst at the same time undergoing rehabilitation at DMRC at Headley Court. He said: “Since being medically retired from the Armed Forces in 2014 after 32 years’ service, I felt that I had lost my motivation and drive and had become quite complacent. I am looking forward to taking part in The Invictus Games as I see this involvement as a way to re-focus myself physically and mentally and to re-engage in a full, active, competitive and fulfilling life.”
Invictus Games UK Team Athlete
Former Royal Marine Commando Mark was out on a routine foot patrol in Helmand Province in 2007 when he stepped on and triggered an Improvised Explosive Device. He lost both his legs and right arm. Despite his injuries, Mark has refused to let himself be defined by them. He hopes to continue to learn, grow and improve by setting and reaching new goals. Competing in cycling, rowing and swimming he sees the Invictus Games as another piece in his recovery jigsaw. “Having concentrated on other areas during my recovery (including family and career) I missed the opportunities to get into sport. General health and fitness has always been a huge part of my life and I feel that now is the time for me to take it to a competitive level. Competing in the Games will help me feel that I have dominated my injuries.”
Invictus Games UK Team Athlete
Former Corporal Kelly Ganfield was medically discharged in 2005, and suffers from visual impairment as well as epilepsy. Kelly, from Plymouth, said: “Trying out for the Invictus Games has given me a purpose and sense of hope and achievement. I had lost my identity and confidence since leaving the Army, but the Invictus Games has ignited desire, drive and a commitment to be somebody again. I now have an identity and feel part of something amazing. I am growing in confidence all the time and finally feel deserving of these opportunities.” Kelly, who will be competing in athletics (100 metres, 200 metres and discus) and rowing, needs support using the rowing machines as she cannot see the screen, and requires a guide to run with. However, she no longer lets requirements like these stop her from training as hard as she can.
Show your support for the UK Team...
The Bremont Invictus Games UK Team Supporters Bracelet is available to purchase for £34.99 through our Online Boutique, with all proceeds going to support the UK Team via Help for Heroes.