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Anthony Booth

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Anthony Booth, a former Warrant Officer in the RAF, isolated himself from sporting and social occasions and became withdrawn from forming meaningful friendships, after suffering years of mental and physical injuries.

However, the Invictus Games process is helping the 50-year-old from Cirencester to feel alive again and he says his family is seeing the real him start to return.

“Being a part of the Invictus family will also enable me to challenge myself physically and mentally, but knowing there will always be someone by my side.”
Anthony would have applied for a previous Games but last year, whilst receiving treatment for his PTSD his wife suffered a stroke.

“Family always comes first, she was always there for me and it was time for me to be there for her. In a way this would also repay her continued love and support for me. The mutual support we give each other keeps me motivated to maintain a healthy balanced life.”

During the lockdown, like all of us, Anthony adapted his training, using a body weight strength and conditioning programme provided by Help for Heroes via the “superb” Invictus personal trainers through the train heroic app. Their help and support has got him through some difficult times, providing not only physical fitness but developing a mental fitness and focus on wellbeing.

Throughout, his wife has remained his rock, encouraging him to keep up his training and joining in with the various Invictus Virtual Challenges and the Superheroes on Vacation at Home Challenge Series. She was also there when he needed to reach out to the Op COURAGE & TILS team where he has received treatment with the NHS Let’s Talk Glos service.