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Bernie Broad | Captain

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Bernie Broad, a former Army Major with the Grenadier Guards, lost both his legs below the knee due to injuries sustained in an explosion in Helmand Province in 2009. He underwent four and a half years of extensive surgery whilst at the same time undergoing rehabilitation at DMRC at Headley Court. He said: “Since being medically retired from the Armed Forces in 2014 after 32 years’ service, I felt that I had lost my motivation and drive  and had become quite complacent.  I have always been a keen and competitive sportsman so I kick started my fitness regime and now regularly swim, walk and play golf.  I am looking forward to taking part in The Invictus Games as I see this involvement as a way to re-focus myself physically and mentally and to re-engage in a full, active, competitive and fulfilling life.”

On being chosen as UK Team Captain, he added: “The Invictus Games are empowering and inspire all of us as competitors to be the best version of ourselves. It allows us to be judged on what we can achieve, rather than what we can’t. To simply be selected for the UK Team was an amazing achievement. To then be further selected as the UK Team Captain filled me with such immense pride and it is a huge privilege to be given this honour. I definitely stood taller and my chest expanded quite a bit!”

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