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Denise Kidger

Categories: Invictus Games 2020 Athletes

The power of sports recovery has had a huge impact on the positive outlook army veteran Denise has now.

After being medically discharged with anxiety and depressive disorder, as well as a physical injuries to her knee and back, she admits that she was just existing rather than living life.

Competing in the Invictus UK trials in Sheffield in 2019 was a huge step forward but her confidence in her own ability was still low.

“It helped me forget about the things that I struggle with every day and regain my ‘can-do’ attitude. It felt like being in the military again only better. There was no judgment, only encouragement, support, laughter and togetherness,” explained Denise who also suffers from PTSD.

When the country went into lockdown in 2020, Denise was recovering from Covid but had the self-motivation to stick to a training plan which boosted her self-confidence.

“At first, I did not think I was worthy of being chosen for the Invictus UK team but I’ve really pushed myself and I’m proud of what I’ve achieved.”

Despite dislocating her shoulder earlier this year, Denise believes her ‘can do’ attitude will help her succeed.

“As well as being supported by Help for Heroes for many years I also I’ve also been helped by and now got a job with Finchdale Group which also helps veterans and serving personnel move on with their lives when they leave the military.

“I took ownership of my recovery, faced my fears and had the courage to move on with my life. It has taken time, but I now realise that I do deserve a place on the Invictus UK Team, I am a valued team member.”