Corporal Luke Reeson, 25, who serves in the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment, came under attack during a patrol in Afghanistan in November 2012.
“I was shot in both legs, a shin and my backside. I collapsed and fell over and everything went numb,” he recalls. His tibia and fibula were shattered and nerves were damaged.
The injuries mean Luke can no longer run and can only walk short distances. He has since decided to return to the sport he used to excel in as a child: swimming. As a youngster he represented his county and the North of England but, at the age of 12, gave it up in favour of playing rugby. He has recently qualified as an ASA Level 1 swim teacher and is completing his Level 2 in August. He also volunteers at his local club in Cumbria and works with Help for Heroes to support wounded, injured and sick at the charity’s open water and pool swimming training.
In 2013 Luke was supported by Help for Heroes to enable him to compete for the UK Team at the Warrior Games, and then again in 2014 at the inaugural Invictus Games where he won five medals. He recently won three gold medals at the ASA National Swimming Championship in August, his first event as an internationally classified athlete.