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Richard French

Former Colour Sergeant Richard French was medically discharged in 2017 after 17 years in the Army. Richard had always been a keen rugby player and cites his injury in 2015 as the moment his life fell apart: “With my injury first taking my sport away and then my career, I was feeling extremely down. I was starting to put weight on and I became more and more angry.  Since first trying indoor rowing with one arm, with the Invictus Games firmly in my sights, I have found a new sport and will for fitness. I have joined Guildford Rowing Club and competed in the British Rowing Indoor Championships (BRIC).” After Toronto, Richard hopes to return to the BRIC and is aiming for the 2018 world championships in Boston. He has also applied to the Bhubesi Pride Foundation to coach rugby across Africa, giving him the chance to get involved with rugby again. “I believe the drive the Invictus Games has given me has also helped me to get my first job in Civvy Street, and I hope to keep rowing for many years to come. The Band of Brothers Row 2 Recovery and Guildford Adaptive Rowing Team have all been amazing in helping me to discover this sport so far, and their continued support will keep me pushing forward.”