Alan is a single below knee amputee. Alan attended the first Invictus Games but could only observe due to recent surgery. Watching his friends compete, however, inspired him and he knew he wanted to compete in the next Invictus Games. In March 2015, Alan was a member of the Help for Heroes team who attended the Wounded Warrior Trials in California. He said it was ‘an amazing experience’ and has fuelled his enthusiasm for Invictus Games 2016 and to keep training hard.