Former Rifleman James Cooper suffered a traumatic brain injury in 2012 which left him battling depression and anxiety. Struggling with motivation and loneliness, the 2020 Invictus Games is giving him a focus and enabling him to face his demon and strive for something other than existing. The 34-year-old said: “In the bluntest terms possible, it is making me want to wake again in the mornings.
I will find a new path and Invictus is the fuel for my recovery.” The keen wheelchair basketball and sitting volleyball player said he was more positive and regimented if sport is his focus. “My diet is better, I barely drink anymore and all of that is because of the Invictus Games programme. I have changed my focus, finding a new light now.”