Former British Army veteran Antony Young has worked hard to transition into civilian life since being medically discharged from the Army: “I have found a job and manage my mental health with medication and have a good level of mobility in my knee following extensive surgery. On the outside, I appear to the world to be doing well.
Whilst I do cope, I find that I am stuck. My intensive physio and rehab for my knee stopped abruptly and I have found my physical fitness deteriorating resulting in increased pain in my knees and other joints. Whilst I hold down a job, and have great family support.”
The 33-year-old from West Midlands still has a daily battle managing mental struggles and inner turmoil and as part of his sports recovery journey is determined to continue his efforts towards feeling worthwhile and making his family and friends proud; “I want to make my family proud, I feel externally I look like I am doing well, but internally, I am just floating along in life, not really achieving anything.”
He would grasp the opportunity to represent Team UK at the forthcoming Invictus Games the Hague with both hands: “Selection for The Hague would give me the boost I need. To wear the uniform of my country again would give me such pride. I really think it would give me the drive I need to not only train for Invictus but to make positive changes to my lifestyle for my long-term future. I would not only gain the physical benefits for the short term but the long term too.”