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Poppy Pawsey

Poppy was first involved in the inaugural Invictus Games when she performed as part of the Royal Marine Band Service. There she was amazed by the unwavering courage and determination shown by the competitors. Poppy was discharged in 2017 as result of a musculoskeletal illness. She struggled after returning to civilian life, feeling stuck in an unbreakable cycle of anger, pain and depression. Her self-confidence at an all-time low, she remembered the Invictus spirit from 2014 and believes now being part of the UK Team in Toronto is a key turning point in her life. She will be competing in swimming and archery. “I knew I had to break this destructive cycle and the Invictus Games helped me do this, giving me the courage, inspiration and drive to get my life back. I am determined to continue with my self-improvement. Being part of the team is the biggest honour.”