INJURED ex-Serviceman Mick Brennan will represent his country once more following his selection as part of the ParalympicsGB team for this year’s Winter Paralympic Games in Sochi, Russia with support from Help for Heroes.
The former Staff Sergeant was injured in a suicide bomb attack while serving in Iraq with the Royal Signals. He lost both legs above the knee and suffered a serious head injury.
He said: “The coming months will be hugely significant for me but whatever they may hold, I know Help for Heroes is behind me every step of the way.
“When I was first injured, I thought I would be limited to desk jobs so to be out on the slopes and now competing for ParalympicsGB is just incredible. Thank you so much to Help for Heroes, my sponsors and to everyone who has believed in me.”
Mick discovered his love of skiing through Help for Heroes in 2008 when he was funded to participate in a military ski training exercise; it proved to be an inspirational and life-changing experience, which marked a turning point in his life.
After gaining a place in the GB Development squad, he was one of eight athletes who travelled to the Vancouver Paralympic Games in 2010 as part of the British Paralympic Association (BPA) inaugural Paralympic Inspiration Programme.
Following the selection to ParalympicsGB, he is now able to represent his country once more.
In 2012, Help for Heroes funded a new sit-ski for Mick, which has enabled him to compete at the highest level, using the best equipment possible. Additionally, Mick has full access to state-of-the-art training facilities at Tedworth House in Tidworth, Wiltshire, which include a Skiplex and Swimex.
Help for Heroes Head of Sports Recovery, Martin Colclough said: “We are so honored to have played even a small part in Mick’s journey to selection for ParalympicsGB.
“His recovery journey and high performance sporting success acts to motivate other wounded Servicemen and women who are just starting out on their own personal road to recovery. Whilst not everyone may want to be a Paralympian, his drive, determination and dedication is truly inspiring to all.”
Keep up-to-date with all the latest Paralympics news and follow Mick’s progress at www.sochi2014.com