I can see the light at the end of the tunnel, and with the help of Invictus I can complete this journey.

Lt Cdr Emma McCormick

Joining him on the 10,500-mile flight to Australia will be Lt Cdr Emma McCormick from Navy Headquarters on Whale Island who’s recovering from a freak horse riding accident.

Sport and the chance for Invictus glory have given her the opportunity, she says, to walk tall again.

“Gone is the woman who refused to take part in team sports for fear of someone touching her leg. Gone is the woman who couldn’t look at or touch her own leg. I only managed to free myself of these shackles when I started to undertake sport,” said the 36-year-old media officer from Clanfield in Hampshire.

“I can see the light at the end of the tunnel, and with the help of Invictus I can complete this journey.”

The team will compete in 11 sports: athletics; archery; wheelchair basketball; cycling; powerlifting; indoor rowing; wheelchair rugby; swimming, sitting volleyball; wheelchair tennis; and, new to the 2018 games, sailing.

The squad will continue to train from now until October in various locations across the country as part of Help for Heroes’ extensive Sports Recovery programme and role to train and develop the team, spurred on by captain Mark ‘Dot’ Perkins.

“There are few moments in one's life when an event occurs that truly transforms your life, the Invictus Games is it,” said the former lance corporal.

“In the games our scars are like medals which we can proudly display rather than hide in shame or embarrassment. Invictus allows us to be judged on what we can achieve, rather than what we can’t.”

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