Former soldier, Micky Yule, will hit a pinnacle in his sporting career this weekend when he will represent Scotland on home turf at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.
While serving in Afghanistan in 2010 Micky, who served in the Scots Royal Engineers and is originally from Musselburgh in Scotland, 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 are very proud to have supported Micky in his recovery by funding his training equipment, which has enabled him to go from strength to strength in his sport.
Micky said: “With the support of Help for Heroes I have been able to continue with the sport I loved doing before my injury. Initially I was struggling to train on equipment that was not designed to assist me with the training I needed to do so when Help for Heroes offered to fund me with new equipment my training and PBs have increased and I now have every chance of achieving my goals of competing in the Glasgow Commonwealth Games 2014 and the Rio Paralympics in 2016.”
Help for Heroes and British Weight Lifting (BWL) have been working with Micky Yule over the past two years to advance his Powerlifting skills and he has already achieved great success.
Dan Wagner, Talent Pathway Manager at British Weight Lifting said: “Micky has been a great asset to the BWL IPC Powerlifting Programme, his impeccable commitment and hard work makes him a great prospect going into the Rio 2016 cycle. Working with Help for Heroes, it’s great to be able to provide an opportunity for other athletes to follow a similar pathway into the 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.”
To show your support to Micky – follow him on twitter at @MickyYule9.
Micky will compete in the Men's Heavy Category which starts at 1800 on 2nd August 2014.
To support others on their sporting journey donate to the Help for Heroes Sports Recovery Programme by texting SPORT to 70900 to donate £5. 100% of the £5 comes to Help for Heroes. (You will be charged £5 plus your standard network rate. Mobile networks helpline: 01494 750 500)