Former Lance Corporal Chaze Melluish’s medical discharge from the British Army was followed by a series of personal challenges.
“Being away from my daughter, homeless and struggling to find a life direction hit hard. I realise now how much bigger the transition became than I expected and have had to acknowledge areas I need to work at in order to help my recovery.”
Chaze said of the last couple of years: “I found it tough personally, like so many others but I was fortunate to work throughout lockdown as I worked in a SEND school with vulnerable students. Having the team to talk to has been great, I can’t wait to get back with the team and staff to continue our journey.”
He found training throughout the pandemic difficult but was able to maintain a programme due to the provision of kit and support from his team.
The 39 year old from Swindon is already experiencing the benefits from his Invictus journey: “The Invictus programme has given me a healthy, positive direction, rather than allow it to swallow me whole!”
Chaze believes that representing Team UK at the Invictus Games The Hague 2022 will benefit him in numerous aspects of his life. “It will give me a sense of purpose and belonging, build on my passion for sport, re-ignite my ability to challenge myself and boost my self-assurance. Importantly, it will provide me with the confidence to talk to family about my situation, to push myself out of my comfort zone and be less reserved.”