Injured ex-soldier Mikey Hall will celebrate Christmas at home in Shropshire with his family for the first time in years as he sets his sights on the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro next year.
Talent-spotted by GB coaches as a potential Paralympian archer, Mikey, 40, of St Martin’s, Oswestry, left home aged 18 to join the 1st the Queen’s Dragoon Guards The Welsh Cavalry.
But now he has moved from North Yorkshire to live with his mum Inge and father Tony while he trains for Rio using facilities at Lilleshall, the National Sports Complex in Shropshire, as well as at RAF Shawbury, where his brother works.
Mikey, who was paralysed from the chest down after an accident in 2000 on an Army assault course, said his focus for the New Year is to get to Rio and hopefully come back with a medal for his country.
He said: “When I was injured I could not imagine myself being where I am now. I loved the Army and my career was gone in an instant. But as one door closes, another opens. Without Help for Heroes, I would still be in a dark, depressed place.”
Inge said it was brilliant to have her son home for Christmas and she hopes to fly to Rio if Mikey is selected for the GB team.
“I want to go to experience the atmosphere and see Mikey myself rather than watching him on television,” she said.