20th Feb, 2019

Romsley athlete targeting another Invictus Games appearance

Craig Gibbons 19th Apr, 2018

ROMSLEY’S Dave Watson has his eyes firmly set on making another Invictus Games appearance.

The event, which takes place from October 20-27 in Sydnay, Australia, was set up in 2014 by HRH Prince Harry and is an international Paralympic-style multi-sport competition for sick, wounded, and injured service personnel.

Last year Watson returned from the Games in Canada with two medals – a gold in IF6 discus and bronze in the shot put.

He has now got his training well underway in the hope of gaining selection.

“It was an amazing experience,” said Watson.

“The atmosphere and sense of community throughout the games was brilliant.

“I knew I had a chance of winning a medal but I was over the moon to leave with two.

“I’m working hard to see if I can make the team for a second time and to hopefully do even better this time around.”

Watson joined the Army in 2008 and served with the Scots Guards.

It was during a tour of Afghanistan in 2010 when he stepped on an explosive device which resulted in the loss of his right arm and both legs.

This life-changing incident led to major surgery at the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham followed by gruelling rehabilitation.

One of the things that kept him going through all this was his positive ‘can do’ nature and his love of sport.

When the idea of Paralympic sports was presented to him he didn’t need too much persuasion to give it a go and was soon back in the sports arena with his competitive juices flowing again.

He is currently seeking sponsorship for his Invictus training.

Anyone intersted should email dave86watson@hotmail.co.uk.

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