Meet military Paralympian Micky Yule; Powerlifter, injured ex-serviceman, representing his country once more following his selection for the ParalympicsGB team for this year’s Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Read more about his remarkable story and how, thanks to your support, Micky is on his Road to Rio.
On 1st July 2010 Staff Sergeant Micky Yule was serving with The Royal Engineers in Afghanistan when he stepped on an IED. Micky immediately lost his left leg and received significant injuries to his right hand and right leg. Once safe at Camp Bastion, Micky’s right leg was removed.
Micky knew he wouldn’t be able to continue his career in the Army and while recovering, he began to focus on his future. A competitive powerlifter pre-injury, Micky was keen to get back in the gym and he did just that with support from Help for Heroes.
“I just started training. I wanted to get back to the same guy I was. I used to train in a gym, me and all my mates, we’d all go to the gym. And I used to be one of the strongest guys there. So, part of your rehab is you want to get back to the guy you were. Or, better than that person.”
Six years on, Micky has endured 46 operations, but his determination and commitment has earned him a place in Great Britain’s Powerlifting team and part of the military cohort in Rio. Micky's most significant achievement to date was competing on home soil and representing Scotland in the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games in which he finished 4th. Shortly after, Micky celebrated a Gold medal as well as captaining the Powerlifting Team during the inaugural Invictus Games.
“My coaches, Help for Heroes and my family have been there for me throughout my entire journey. They were supporting me because they wanted to get somebody who had been through a bad time just a bit better. And if I could get a little bit better, then it might make me feel better and it might make things better at home and it might make things better for my rehab. They’ve all been there for me from the very start and I’m very grateful that they’re still here now.”
This year is one of the most important years of this elite military athlete's life. It’s going to be tough but this is what Micky has been working so hard for. In his own words;
“If you’re going to do something then why not be the best in the world at it. That’s what I’m trying to do at the moment. When I sit down to lift, I just want to show everybody, show the whole world, show these cameras and everybody watching you, just how good you are… get it lifted. Show everybody the hard work’s paying off. Show everybody that just because you got injured in Afghanistan that you’re not ready just to get thrown on the scrapheap.”
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