Although still serving in the British Army, 33-year-old Gwynne Walker lives with a progressive injury and since his latest operation, has gone from being active to non-active. Initially, Gwynne was encouraged to find out that physical injury need not be the end of competitive sports for him. As part of his sports recovery journey, he was keen to apply and start his Invictus journey.
However, the thought of putting himself forward for the Invictus programme triggered severe anxiety, fear and depression and Gwynne retreated to the safety of isolation and shut himself away from the world. And then with a little ‘encouragement’... “If it wasn’t for Charlie Dye who marched me to the desk at Tedworth House and made me put in my application to become a part of the Invictus family I don’t know where I would be today. Invictus has changed my life, I can say that without a shadow of a doubt it gives me a reason to get up in the mornings and go and train and try to improve in my sports, I enjoy meeting new people again and listening to their stories and offering them advice or receiving advice from them.”
“My recovery journey is going to be challenging, I am currently serving but I have my full medical board on 29th August 2019. If the decision is for me to be discharged from the military, then that brings a lot more challenges. Whatever the future holds, I am determined that I will not quit, being selected for the Invictus Games the Hague is now my goal, my drive and focus if not this year then maybe next year or the one after that.”