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Ross Austen

Serving with the Royal Engineers on tour of Afghanistan in 2008, Powerlifter Ross Austen was out on a foot patrol when he came under attack. Setting a charge to blow into a compound, the enemy’s fire forced him to pull back. This resulted in him triggering an Improvised Explosive Device (IED). The IED severely damaged both of Ross' legs he underwent 10 emergency operations before being flown home, spending six weeks in intensive care. Ross went on to spend over three years in rehab, undergoing a further 32 operations, including the amputation of his left leg. He said: “Sport has played a big role in my life and I wouldn't be here if it was not for sport. Being part of the Invictus family is amazing and enables me to help and inspire others. It is a great stepping stone for my career as an athlete to process onto the GB team.”