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Podium performance at UK trials for former Downham serviceman




Five gold medals and one silver were won by a former serviceman from Downham at national trials last month.

David Rose, 49, who has a partially paralysed right arm and damaged left knee joint following a mountain bike accident in 2009, was successful at the Invictus UK Trials in Sheffield.

He was one of nearly 500 competitors taking part in the event which is funded by the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust.

David Rose of Downham during the Invictus Games. Picture: Michael Porter
David Rose of Downham during the Invictus Games. Picture: Michael Porter

And Mr Rose secured personal best times for the 50m freestyle, 100m freestyle and 50m breastroke in the pool.

Further triumph came as Mr Rose won the gold medal for the road cycle time trial on his three-wheeler recumbent bike.

Four-minute and one-minute indoor rowing events saw the athlete scoop a further gold and silver medal respectively.

David Rose at the Invictus UK Trials in Sheffield
David Rose at the Invictus UK Trials in Sheffield

“To compete with my friends and my family there with me was amazing, absolutely amazing,” Mr Rose said.

“Help for Heroes have driven this forward to me, from being poorly a couple of years ago to standing on podiums with my wife after being successful was lovely.”

A serviceman for 31-years, Mr Rose had to leave the Royal Air Force in February 2018 due to life-changing medical conditions.

He is on a daily medication programme and has to wear a sling on his right arm.

If selected, he will represent his country at The Hague 2020 Invictus Games in The Netherlands.

Mr Rose said selection is not “always based upon performance”, but rather “how far you are on your medical journey.”

Even if he is not selected, Mr Rose is simply enjoying his sports. “My main aim is my well-being and keeping that stable. Sport is my main recovery tool,” he said.


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