Veteran Army Rifleman Jack Otter suffered life changing injuries when a Taliban bomb detonated while he was on patrol in Helmand Province in 2009. Aged only 21, the young Rifleman endured a turbulent rehabilitation journey - multiple infections, operations and other complications all resulted severe physical and emotional low points.
“I put on weight, was unhealthy and didn’t want to accept that I also had some mental health issues. I used to think that if I could walk again that I’d automatically feel better about myself and realised in recent years that it’s not so straightforward.”
Inspired by watching the Invictus Games in 2018, Jack decided to push himself to apply for the 2020 Games . The bright light of hope shone, Jack was “in the best place I’ve been since being injured, getting fit, losing weight and setting goals revolving around the Invictus games… And then I had a heart attack - This was a big blow but despite this I’m now back on track and have kept those same goals.”
Despite all these setbacks, Jack remains determined. Representing Team UK would bring to life his key goal ;”To make those that have helped me over the years feel proud of me and see that I’m doing well. I also want to feel proud of myself.”