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Mike sets his sights on Invictus Games

Michael GoodyThe Invictus Games comes to London this September, giving injured servicemen and women from all over the world an opportunity to compete in nine sports including athletics, archery, road cycling and powerlifting. Former SAC Mike Goody, who was supported by the RAF Benevolent Fund after he was injured in an IED explosion in Afghanistan, hopes to go for Gold in the swimming competition for Team GB. He tells us more.

The Invictus Games is 14 countries coming together to celebrate the sporting achievements of wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women.

It's a huge honour for me to be asked to compete and at the moment I'm going through the trials process – hopefully I'll get picked to represent Great Britain.

I hope the Games will be hugely inspirational to everyone and show that anyone can overcome their disability and compete on an international arena if they want to.

I was really sporty when I was a child and that continued throughout my RAF career – I started swimming competitively at the age of seven and later represented Great Britain Police and the RAF.

Swimming has helped me enormously with my rehabilitation. After I was injured water became my new home, helping me to overcome daily struggles and when I was suffering from PTSD, swimming helped me stay calm. I feel more able when I'm in the pool.

I've met Prince Harry, who has been instrumental in getting these Games off the ground, a few times and he's a fantastic guy. He was very passionate about having a sporting competition like this for wounded and sick Service personnel after seeing the Warrior Games in America.

I hope that everyone gets behind the Games and supports the men and women who have given so much for their country.

Find out more about the Invictus Games at invictusgames.org.

By Mike Goody

Update!

Mike won four gold medals in the swimming at the Invictus Games. 

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