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Dave Sandles

Veteran Army Corporal Dave Sandles has lived with a spinal cord injury for 22 years. Last year he was given the opportunity to compete in cycling at the Invictus Games and this year he returns, adding rowing to his repertoire after realising it was a possibility while in Orlando. Dave confesses that his mental health has suffered in the past 12 months but he is now taking a different attitude to sport, integrating physical challenges into his day to day life to promote positive psychological wellbeing. Dave said: “The journey I went on last year was a boost to me not just physically but also with my mental strength. Unfortunately I did not carry it on though and suffered greatly. This year I have chosen to try a new sport for me - rowing - something I did not realise I could do before seeing it in Orlando. The Games is not only an opportunity for me to get back to some sort of platform where I am content with life but also to show that people with my type of impairment are capable of so much.”