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Kelly Ganfield

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Former Corporal Kelly Ganfield was medically discharged in 2005, and suffers from visual impairment as well as epilepsy. Kelly, from Plymouth, said: “Trying out for the Invictus Games has given me a purpose and sense of hope and achievement. I had lost my identity and confidence since leaving the Army, but the Invictus Games has ignited desire, drive and a commitment to be somebody again. I now have an identity and feel part of something amazing. I am growing in confidence all the time and finally feel deserving of these opportunities.” After she was discharged, everything from training to travelling to the gym on her own was a battle. But Kelly is working hard to overcome these challenges and is committed to becoming as independent as possible. “Meeting people and sharing experiences and knowing that I am not alone has helped me so much and I now know that anything is possible – I now have the desire to make it happen.” Kelly, who will be competing in athletics (100 metres, 200 metres and discus) and rowing, needs support using the rowing machines as she cannot see the screen, and requires a guide to run with. However, she no longer lets requirements like these stop her from training as hard as she can. “The support I have received from Help for Heroes has helped me to realise that I have potential. Having people to talk to benefits me massively, and I now know I am not alone. I’m proud to have this opportunity to represent my country again.”

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