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Deborah Godfrey

Former Master-At-Arms Wren Debbie Godfrey served in the Royal Navy until she was discharged in 2006: “It was an unhappy and life-changing period being medically discharged having served for 20 years, I wanted to complete my 22-year career

that I started aged 17. That disappointment combined with my limitations from my physical injuries hit me hard and I withdrew away into my family and gave up on sport”.  The 49-year-old who lives in Torpoint with her two daughters Bethan and Jessica credits sport and the Invictus Games as being a tremendous help towards her ongoing recovery: “My mental health has already started to improve and my physical health will too. My life has positively changed because of Invictus. Representing the U.K. Armed Forces wider community and competing at the Invictus Games is not only an inspirational goal for me, but it's also a dream for my daughters to see me become me again and watch me achieve my aim. Our family of three is now unified by the common and positive theme that Invictus brings out of you. I am starting to feel more connected in me and life. Basically, Invictus has brought me out of hiding and out of myself.”