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Paul 'Midge' Hartley

Paul 'Midge' Hartley lives with a form of Spastic Paraplegia, a rare degenerative condition that causes serious lower limb weakness, muscle stiffness and involuntary spasms, which severely impact his mobility.

Since leaving the Services, he struggled to find a sense of purpose: “I was left fatigued, frustrated and emotionally exhausted, focusing on what I couldn’t do, rather than what I can do, negatively affecting my wellbeing and family life. Participation in the Warrior Games will allow me to challenge the limitations of my condition, recapture my identity, and better prepare myself for the years ahead.” While his condition is unlikely to improve, Midge’s return to sport is helping him to manage it and hopefully counter its degenerative effects.