Lance Corporal Sean Wiseman from the 2nd Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Scotland (2 SCOTS) has been selected to represent the United Kingdom in the Invictus Games 2020.
This is the fifth Invictus Games which will take place 09-16 May 2020 in The Hague, bringing together over 500 competitors from 19 nations to compete in a series of adaptive sports. Lance Corporal (LCpl) Wiseman will compete in Indoor Rowing, a sport of endurance, power and speed. The rowing machines used in Invictus are fitted with a series of adaptive hand-grips and modified seats, designed to best suit the abilities of each competitor.
Sean is still serving with 2 SCOTS despite having his right leg amputated in January 2011, a consequence of an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in Afghanistan. He was also diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in 2018.
LCpl Wiseman began his bid for the Invictus Games 2020 when he began to struggle with recurring mental health issues (PTSD). He decided to apply for Invictus after seeing the positive benefits Invictus had brought to a few of his injured friends, including how it had helped them on the road to recovery. He strongly believed participating would give him a focus; building his confidence and wellbeing.
Having attended the Invictus Games Trial Week 22–26 June 2019 in Sheffield (a full week of individuals participating in their chosen sport) and then the Indoor Rowing Training camp 9–11 August 2019, he completed the selection process and in October 2019 proudly received confirmation from Invictus, that he was one 65 participants to make Team UK.