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David Wiseman

Categories: Invictus Games 2017 Athletes , Invictus Games 2016 Athletes

David ‘Wisey’ Wiseman, a former captain in the Army, was last year’s UK Team captain. He returns this year to compete in his third games as a swimmer, having played a big part in the inaugural Games in London in 2014. David suffered a gunshot wound to the chest which led to the end of his military career and was then diagnosed with PTSD in 2012 after witnessing comrades die while on tour. He sought help for his mental health issues and believed he had conquered them, but suffered a relapse last year and is now receiving support to overcome his symptoms once again. David said: “The pool is the only place where I can fully empty my head. When I am swimming everything is calm and still, and I focus purely on body position, how my hands are striking the water, controlling my breathing and counting my lengths or strokes. I use the feeling of the water and the experience of swimming in my tools for dealing with hyper vigilance panic and disassociation. Aside from my wife, swimming has been the unshakeable and constant support in my recovery, and the focus for my swimming over the past few years has been the Invictus Games.”