As a child, competitive sports were a major part of Kelly’s life. But since her accident, the former RAF Corporal let her injury define her. She lost focus on sport and her physical and mental recovery suffered. It left Kelly with complete loss of confidence and self- belief.
Yet through the Invictus Games, she is surrounded by people who do not judge but understand, talk and offer support.
“They have empowered me to achieve the best I can be. The UK Trials was a turning point in my life.”
Kelly worked hard during the pandemic to keep training going at home, taking part in numerous challenges including rowing 100 miles in 30 days. This was balanced alongside the demands of leading an NHS paediatric physiotherapy team and home schooling her children.
“I am back competing and I want more. I have started to believe in myself and was proud to show my children, who have never seen me without disability, that with self-belief you can accomplish anything. I have dreamt of representing my country at the highest level, something I thought would never be a part of my life again.
“I’m so glad to be back training with my teammates and moving forward to The Hague.”