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Tom O'Brien

Tom O’Brien, from Great Harwood, signed up to the army at 17 and served for six years with the Scots Guards, involved in deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. The 31-year-old has battled with post-traumatic stress disorder, hearing loss and arthritis as a result of his time in the services and credits sport as an essential part of his recovery journey: “I’ve realised how vitally important sport is to my recovery, I need to set goals and work hard to achieve them.”


“Looking back Tom explains the challenges that faced him : “Its hard to describe what my life was like before and even harder for others to imagine. I spent 3 years after Afghanistan descending further into misery, aggression was all I could ever muster, I destroyed everything around me ; my home and the trust of my family.”


“After being hospitalised and spending the next 2 and a half years heavily medicated and miserable, my health deteriorated as I gained weight from being so sedated, I was introduced to Invictus by a friend with whom I had served.”


Introduction to the Invictus journey served as a turning point in Tom’s life; “Since then everything has changed, I now have drive and focus, I have rebuilt friendships with old comrades and have made so many new and wonderful friends.”
“My health and fitness are returning, something I truly thought would be gone forever. Sports recovery continues to be vital to my health and wellbeing.”

 

Tom O'Brien Invictus 2020