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Alexandra McClellan

Army veteran Alexandra McClellan suffered a stroke and was discharged in 2014. The former Sergeant, from Ffynnon Gynydd in Wales, credits Invictus training camps with reigniting her desire to succeed and her passion for sport. “Since the day my stroke happened I have never fitted anyone’s ‘criteria’. Over time I have become quite lonely, insular and disconnected with everyday emotion and motivation.” Alexandra, 39, has worked hard to overcome the pressures of starting training again, but has thrived in the inclusive atmosphere of the Invictus Games. “Sitting on that rowing machine at an Invictus training camp I spent the first day trying not to cry as it was so overwhelming. But, I felt passion and such a desire to push myself and beat my own goals that has been missing for so long. The Invictus environment is one where you feel everyone is included - it feels liberating. “I am learning how to build up my physical strength and am paying attention to how the camps make me feel mentally strong to help achieve the training. I aim to continue focusing on a challenge in the hope that I feel and look more like the old me again.