Former RAF Squadron leader Antony Morris was medically discharged in January 2019 due to health issues. Since his injury in 2013 and subsequent diagnosis of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) he has struggled with work, socialising, and quality family time – Both physical and mental exertion leave him exhausted, in pain and unable to concentrate on anything.
Despite all this, the father-of-two from Staffordshire is determined to prove he can “still win” and has vowed not to let (CFS) hold him back. Inspired and motivated by his participation in the Invictus UK Trials in July 2019, the 44-year-old said:
“The Games have motivated me to leave the house and meet new people on a regular basis, as well as build an online support network of other competitors. They have even given me the confidence to pursue new career opportunities; trying new sports opened my mind to other new things too. My family have noticed a difference; my mood and motivation is improving, and I’ve pushed myself harder, even managing to support my youngest riding a bike (almost impossible several years ago)."
Like many, Antony had to adapt his training routine during the COVID pandemic. He had been reliant on his local gym but managed to establish a home gym to continue training. Since 2019, he has also gained new employment, moved house and acquired a new addition to the family - Stanley, a golden cocker spaniel puppy - who is trying to keep up with Daddy’s running!
“Being part of Team UK will enable me to rediscover who I am, focus on what I can actually do, and challenge myself and others to achieve our best. It has already helped with my feelings of isolation, mixing again with other like-minded people for mutual support, as well as helping my family gain and give the support they need too. The training continues to help me every day, and my children have a new-found interest in running, powerlifting and rowing too! This new journey is for all four of us and the Games are just the beginning.”