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Kelly Ganfield

As a 23 year old in the Army, Kelly had the world at her feet. Unfortunately due to developing a blood condition 'antiphosphilipid syndrome (APS)' that caused two strokes she lost her career and her health and eyesight were severely affected. The former Corporal in the British Army competed in the 2017 Invictus Games and the 37-year-old from Trowbridge, is looking forward to rising to the challenge once more: “It is an honour and privilege to be part of this process and to represent my country again. This process has given me an insight into what I can do, what can be achieved, and I feel I have a lot more to give. My recovery journey is focused around finding a new identity and confidence, accepting my disabilities, inspiring others, and moving forward to take on new challenges. I lost my career, but I need something beneficial to fill that void.” When asked what she hopes to achieve this Invictus 2018, Kelly said: “I want to use my journey as a platform to raise awareness of visual impairment, brain injuries and hidden disabilities. I want to become more confident and share my story to inspire others.”