Spencer served as an officer for 29 years in the Army where he completed several tours of Northern Ireland, Bosnia and Kuwait. Tragedy struck in 2005 when he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and by 2011 Spencer was struggling to walk.
Spencer has suffered degeneration in the last few years and was medically discharged in 2017. He is now a full-time wheelchair user. ‘I am the Master of my fate, I am the Captain of my soul’- my mantra! Sports Recovery has Inspired, Enabled and Empowered me to Achieve and manage my condition. It is essential to me that I own my Recovery journey.” The former Lieutenant Colonel credits the sport for making a positive effect on his life: “It gives me the chance to manage my condition and make my children proud of what their father has achieved. I want to ‘inspire’ them.” Joint Vice-Captain of the Sydney 2018 UK Invictus team, Spencer is passionate about what the Games represent “I don’t think we should focus on medals. That’s not what it is all about.
You work at your personal best and if you achieve that, it is fantastic. If there had been a theme at the Games, it was very much friends and family – a way of saying thank you.” Spencer adds: “For me, the Games are all about overcoming adversity. It is about normal people doing extraordinary things. There is more to learn, enabling me to be informed and putting me in a better position to help others (including the ‘next generation’) and it will go a long way to complete my Recovery Journey. The rewards of helping others are immense - talking about Resilience, Living with a Disability and general life skills or as a Mentor. This is how I see my INVICTUS journey – initiated through the Games.”