Lee Matthews

Former Airtrooper Lee Matthews grew up in Caldicot, Wales. The 29-year-old Army veteran has had a difficult year, but with the Invictus Games, he has been able to see that he can achieve again no matter how small his steps are. “The past year has been the hardest time of my life in terms of recovery. The deterioration of both my physical condition and my mental health resulted in my life tumbling out of control. I became hopeless, frustrated and angry.” While Sydney is his ultimate destination, Lee knows that Invictus is about the whole journey, not just the two-week-long Games in October: “The Invictus Games has helped me already. Although training camps have proved very challenging and have caused a lot of anxiety, the process has already helped me start to build confidence again and push back against my mental health. “I can’t wait to feel a part of something once again and be a part of a team, encouraging my teammates and my military family around me. To see them achieve and make them proud is just as important to me as giving back to those who have supported me. I have socialised, laughed, smiled and become more of myself than I could have ever imagined again.”