Former Sergeant Paul Horrobin, 34 from Mirfield, suffered spinal injuries when the vehicle he was in detonated an IED in Afghanistan in 2009.
Left barely able to walk, Paul had numerous operations on his back. Losing his mobility and facing the prospect of losing the job he loved, Paul began to suffer from depression.
Having played basketball for his regiment, The Royal British Legion suggested Paul try the adaptive version of the sport and he discovered a natural talent.
Grant funding from Help for Heroes has enabled Paul to purchase his own chair and he's now pursuing a personal goal of being selected for the 2016 Invictus Games Wheelchair Basketball team.
While the physical and psychological effects of being involved in the sport are clear, Paul is not just using the chair to train, it is also helping him connect with his two children. The trio have been playing the sport together.
Paul's Father and the childrens' Grandfather, David (a Falklands Veteran himself) thinks it's making a huge difference;
"We've noticed a change in Paul already. He looks better, has more confidence and is more outgoing. The kids love it because they can play with their Dad now. From a young age, they've always wanted to do that but werem't able to."
We wish Paul every success with his training and look forward to hear more about the family's adventures on court!
Tuesday 19 June 2018Every day seven people are medically discharged from the Armed Forces and their lives will change forever.
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