Former soldier and Help for Heroes Band of Brother Micky Yule, who was wounded in Afghanistan, achieved sporting success at the IPC Powerlifting World Championships last week as part of the British Weightlifting Team when he placed fifth.
The next challenge for Micky, who is originally from Musselburgh in Scotland but now living near Lincoln, is the Commonwealth Games in exactly 100 days, where he has been selected to represent Scotland.
While serving in Afghanistan in 2010 Micky, who served in the Scots Royal Engineers, stepped on an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) while on patrol in Helmand, which resulted in him losing both his legs.
Before he was injured Micky had been a member of the Army Powerlifting team, and after about a year of recuperation following his injury, Micky decided to begin his training again in order to carry on with his weight lifting. Help for Heroes have supported Micky in his recovery by funding his training equipment, which has enabled him to go from strength to strength in his sport.
Martin Colclough, Head of Sports Recovery at Help for Heroes said: “Everyone at Help for Heroes hugely proud to work with Micky. He is full of determination and in just four short years since his injury, Micky has made remarkable progress and the fact he competes on the world stage is testament to that. We can’t wait to cheer him when he competes in Glasgow and I believe that with the continued support of Help for Heroes and British Weight Lifting, Micky is in with a real shot of being selected by ParalympicsGB for Rio 2016.”
Photo by Gillian Sweeney.