In 2010, Micky was serving in Afghanistan as a Royal Engineer Search Advisor. This high risk role involved counter IED detection and training. On July 1st, only eight weeks into his tour, he stood on a pressure plate IED; as a result of the blast Micky lost both legs, suffered a shattered pelvis, fractured arm amongst other internal injuries. He was flown back from Helmand Province to Selly Oak Hospital in Birmingham. His injuries have since required 39 operations.
However, determined Micky was already making plans for his future and less than a year later he walked down the aisle on full length prosthetic legs when he married his partner Jody. He also began to seriously compete in weightlifting with the aim of competing at an international level in the GB Power-lifting Team. In order to progress with this goal and his physical rehabilitation, Micky needed weights and other equipment so he could train at home. The Soldiers’ Charity gave him an immediate grant for the purchase of this kit. He told us: ‘It was a godsend and the actual quality of the weights I was given are just brilliant; they’re the same kind that the guys use at the Olympics so it’s top notch kit’.
‘The support we’ve had has been great, it’s enabled us to push on and get back to normal life’.
We were also there to support Micky’s wife Jody in her future career aspirations. Jody had originally given up her job to look after her husband during his recovery but now wanted set up a handmade jewellery website, Fired and Flea. Through the Quick Reaction Fund we administered a grant to cover the cost of a ceramics course so she had the necessary skills for this career change. Jody says ‘The support we’ve had has been great, it’s enabled us to push on and get back to normal life’.
Following his medical discharge from the Army, Micky was selected for Team Scotland to compete in Para- Powerlifting at the 2014 Commonwealth Games. Competing in front of a packed out crowd at the Clyde Auditorium in Glasgow, Micky, the lightest of the 11 finalists, undertook three lifts. For his third and final lift he upped the weight to 183kg but an unsuccessful lift resulted in a very respectable 4th place finish. Narrowly missing out on the Bronze medal, Micky commented: ‘If you had said to me four years ago I’d be lifting in front of all these people, I wouldn’t have believed you. It’s a shame I never medalled but, if medals were easy, everybody would have one.’
Micky won a powerlifting gold at the 2016 Invictus Games in Orlando. He was selected for the GB Paralympics Team and competed in Rio, finishing in sixth place in the men’s 65kg powerlifting competition – an excellent achievement.
He was also our Ambassador for the 2016 Cateran Yomp.