Injured soldier set to compete in Games

David Wiseman will be competing in the Invictus Games''Photo Roger Keller / Help for Heroes
David Wiseman will be competing in the Invictus Games''Photo Roger Keller / Help for Heroes
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SPORT was “instrumental” in aiding the recovery of former soldier David Wiseman, who was shot in the chest during a tour of Afghanistan in 2009.

Since then, he has climbed the eighth highest mountain in the world and was part of a expedition to climb Mount Everest in 2012.

On Sunday, the former captain with the Yorkshire regiment, of Tadcaster, will compete in the inaugural Invictus Games in London, Prince Harry’s event that will see injured servicemen and women from around the world go head to head in four days of competition.

Mr Wiseman was with the Prince on a trip to the Warrior Games in Colorado, in the United States, last year when he first came up with the idea of a UK-based competition.

He began working with Harry and the team and is deputy events director for the Games, but couldn’t resist trying out for a place on the Great Britain squad.

Mr Wiseman, 31, said: “With working on the Games since day one, it was really hard not to get wrapped up and want to take part.

“Fitting in training in Tadcaster while working in London has been tough, but I’ve received some great coaching.”

Since leaving the army in 2013, Mr Wiseman has dedicated his professional life to helping wounded service personnel and veterans reap the benefits of using sport and adventurous challenge to promote their recovery.

He has also published a book, Helmand to the Himalayas, which was released last week, which recalls his recovery and the trip to Everest, which had to be called off halfway through due to the weather conditions.

Mr Wiseman hasn’t ruled out returning to crack Everest, and said there’s “unfinished business” with the mountain.

He added: “It is still something I dream about.”

HELPING HAND: Ben Wilson, MD at MPM, with Victoria Hopkins, MD at Hopkins Catering. PIC: Tony Johnson

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