Glenrothes man Stuart Padley is recovering from a stroke in 2018, which has left him with mobility problems and language impairment. Aged only 30, the aircraft handler who has been in the Royal Navy for eight years has always been passionate about playing sport – golf his first love followed closely by football. However, since his illness and competing at the Invictus UK Trials, Stuart has formed new interests in indoor rowing and archery.
Stuart said: “I had an amazing experience at the Invictus UK Trials, it enabled me to try new sports and allowed me to test all of the exercises I have learnt during my recovery, showing my family and those that helped me what I can achieve.”
The young aircraft hander is excited for the future; “Taking part in the Invictus Games The Hague next year will enable me to move forward with my recovery and be part of a team with similar challenges. I have found that focusing on sports has helped immensely with my mental well-being and fitness. It has made me more determined than ever to carry on with the Invictus journey.”