A Corporal in the RAF since 2000, David Morris was diagnosed with severe post-traumatic stress disorder following an incident in 2011 while serving as a survival equipment specialist with the Red Arrows. Such was the effect of the illness, that David said he was ‘scared of my own shadow’ and didn’t even want to leave the house’.
Selected as one of the Reserves for the Invictus Games in 2018, David went on successfully to represent Team UK in Sydney. “The power of the Invictus Games is hard to describe to people; it has to be seen to be believed. The benefits have dramatically changed my way of life and how I cope with situations in general.”Focused and committed to continue his recovery journey, in addition to his application for the Invictus Games Hague 2020, David adds “I have already planned and focused on some major events, to give me something to work towards and keep my outlook positive.
I compete on my horse, Doris, and we will be aiming to go for selection for the UK armed forces showjumping team later in the year. I have also requested a medical review to be able to apply for internal commissioning within the RAF to become an officer. My son is the recipient of a scholarship for his rugby team for under 14s and I would like to focus on supporting him to achieve his dream.”
“I’m so lucky to have been given this second chance at life and it’s thanks to the Invictus team, my coaches, Help for Heroes, Royal British Legion and my amazing family and friends. Without them, this would not be possible.”