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Antony Young

Categories: Invictus Games 2020 Athletes

Former British Army veteran Antony Young has worked hard to transition into civilian life and can’t wait to get out to The Hague to represent Team UK.

“A lot has changed for me since I started my Invictus journey. When I applied for a place on the team, I had been medically discharged from the Army following lengthy battles with both a severe knee injury and my mental health. I had found good civilian employment and had the support of a loving family, but something just wasn’t quite there. I craved the drive and determination to succeed and I missed the feeling of pride I got from serving my country.

My physical activity levels had plummeted and I had hoped a place on the team would give me the push I needed to reinvigorate my lifestyle. I had worked hard through the training camps and was starting to turn a corner, then Covid-19 hit. Whilst this was a challenging time for many and I was disappointed that the games had not gone ahead, this was an opportunity to spend some quality time with my young family that we relished.

My wife was on maternity leave, and with our baby daughter and our son off school, the four of us spent months together. We took the opportunity to do as much exercise as a family as possible. From PE with Joe Wicks, to our daily walks, to circuit training sessions in the garden, we did it all together and despite the challenges of that time, I have such fond memories of that period of our lives. Now relocated to Tidworth with my wife’s work, I have continued with that momentum.

I play and train with a football team up to four times a week, I have recently joined a local sitting volleyball club with some of fellow Invictus competitors and I recently completed the 100 miles in September challenge to raise money for Help for Heroes. I am physically in the best shape I have been for many years and my mental health has reaped the benefits too. I can’t wait to get out the The Hague and represent Team UK."