When British Army Veteran Craig Styles lost his right leg below the knee in 2000, as a result of a tank accident whilst serving in 2000, he would not be beaten and continued to play rugby for Kettering Rugby, the only amputee playing full 15 man contact rugby. It was not until some ten years later in 2010 whilst playing rugby for Kettering, he received a knee injury which led to having his right knee amputated.
With sport having always been central to his life Craig was overjoyed to discover wheelchair rugby whilst watching the 2012 London Paralympics and swiftly secured a spot on the Northampton Saints team. Craig then applied and was selected as a reservist for the Invictus Games in Sydney 2018. He continues to strive to being selected to represent Team UK next year at the Invictus Games The Hague 2020.
“Although a reservist for Sydney, I still felt part of The Invictus Games, the feeling of being part of a team again was amazing, the comradery and the banter we have is the type you only get with squaddies and veterans, you can be yourself around other vets as they are also going through some tough times and we help and support each other. Carpe Diem.”
The Invictus Games has given me the confidence to apply for a job that I have been wanting to do for more than 10 years. I have applied to join the ambulance service; this is all down to The Invictus Games Journey and the support they have given me to make me who I am today and to have the confidence to hit the apply button. As a result of this I now have an interview!
I am always 100% committed to whatever I put my mind to whether that is work or, family or sport.