It’s only been four short years since Prince Harry launched the Invictus Games in London.
Since then, it has changed countless lives and showcased some incredible sporting feats.
The competition gets properly under way tomorrow, with the focus on road cycling.
Competitor Michelle Turner, 39, one of the vice-captains of the 72-strong UK team, will compete in swimming and indoor rowing… TV Times caught up with her. The full interview is available in our issue on sale on 16 October.
What’s your background?
I joined the RAF in 1997 and it was my dream job. But in 2013, on deployment in Bahrain, I got a virus and didn’t get better. I kept collapsing and felt dizzy and exhausted. I was diagnosed with a heart condition called postural tachycardia syndrome, which was caused by the virus. When I was medically discharged from the RAF, I was heartbroken. After one collapse, my daughter Maya, then four, saved my life by calling for help.
Why did you become
involved with Invictus?
I was in hospital when I got an invite from Invictus. I thought I couldn’t do it. My husband John said, ‘You can, because we’re losing you.’ So I went to the training camp for the Toronto Games and it was amazing. Then, in Toronto, I competed in the rowing but missed my swimming heat because I collapsed. This year, it doesn’t matter where I come, I just want to get on those swimming blocks. I’ll be petrified but I want to achieve what I set out to do.
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