Help for Heroes are delighted to announce that Mick Brennan will represent his country once more following his selection as part of the ParalympicsGB team for this year’s Winter Paralympic Games in Sochi, Russia.
Mick, who is a former Staff Sergeant, was injured in November 2004 while serving in Iraq with the Royal Signals. He lost both legs above the knee and suffered a serious head injury.
Mick is amongst 10 selected athletes for Alpine Skiing. He says: “The coming months will be hugely significant for me but whatever they may hold, I know Help for Heroes is behind me every step of the way. Knowing the public and my sponsors are supporting me gives me the biggest boost. When I was first injured, I thought I would be limited to desk jobs so to be out on the slopes and now competing for ParalympicsGB is just incredible. Thank you so much to Help for Heroes, my sponsors and to everyone who has believed in me.”
In 2008, Mick, who lives in Doncaster, first discovered his love of Skiing through Help for Heroes when he was funded to participate in a military ski training exercise. For him it was an inspirational and life-changing experience, which marked a turning point in his life post injury.
In 2009 Mick gained a place in the GB Development squad and in 2010 he was one of eight athletes who travelled to the Vancouver Paralympic Games as part of the British Paralympic Association (BPA) inaugural Paralympic Inspiration Programme. The following week, Mick won his first Bronze Medal competing in North America, which was the moment he knew that he wanted to compete for his Country in the Winter Paralympic Games.
Following the selection to ParalympicsGB, he is able to represent his country once more.
In 2012, Help for Heroes funded a new sit-ski for Mick, which has enabled him to compete at the highest level, using the best equipment possible. Additionally, Mick has full access to the state of the art training facilities at one of the Help for Heroes run Recovery Centres, in Tidworth, Wiltshire, which include a Skiplex and Swimex, where he was recovering from his injury before Christmas.
Mick has also worked with Help for Heroes Head of Sports Recovery, Martin Colclough, who says: “Help for Heroes are delighted for Mick having seen him progress from an absolute beginner to a seasoned pro. We are so honored to have played even a small part in his journey to selection for ParalympicsGB. Mick’s recovery journey and high performance sporting success acts to motivate other wounded servicemen and women who are just starting out on their own personal road to recovery. Whilst not everyone may want to be a Paralympian, his drive, determination and dedication is truly inspiring to all.”
Follow Mick's Sochi journey on twitter @monoskimick and read more about Mick's journey here.