We are extremely happy to reveal that Mickey Yule has been selected by British Weight Lifting to receive funding which will help him to achieve his goal of competing at Rio 2016.
While serving in Afghanistan in 2010 Mickey, who is in the Scots Royal Engineers, stepped on an improvised explosive device while on patrol in Helmand. He lost both his legs.
Before he was injured Mickey had been a member of the Army Powerlifting team, and after about a year of recuperation following his injury, he decided to begin weight lifting again. Help for Heroes supported Mickey in his recovery by funding his training equipment.
Mickey is one of ten athletes who will receive funding from British Weight Lifting and be part of their World Class Programme. They will receive specialist support services and financial assistance to help them train and prepare more effectively for upcoming competitions, culminating in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
Mickey is hopeful that he will qualify to go to Rio with the GB team, and is looking forward to representing Scotland at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014. He said: “Rio 2016 would be a massive achievement for me after what has happened in the last two years, but I don’t want to go there to make up the numbers - I want to be pushing hard to finish as close to a medal as possible."