I am the captain of my soul.

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This is the Poem that inspired the Invictus Games.

Invictus

by William Ernest Henley

Out of the night that covers me,

Black as the pit from pole to pole,

I thank whatever gods may be

For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance

I have not winced nor cried aloud.

Under the bludgeonings of chance

My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears

Looms but the Horror of the shade,

And yet the menace of the years

Finds and shall find me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,

How charged with punishments the scroll,

I am the master of my fate,

I am the captain of my soul.

My journey to the games started when I was determined to battle back from my injuries and cycling became a way I could get strong whilst protecting my legs.

After all the training and preparation I arrived at the Velo Park.

The opening ceremony was quite something with the Competitors Parade and a great fly past by the Red Arrows.

I finished fourth overall in the jaguar land rover driving challenge. Got three penalties in the off road course!

My time trial on Saturday was completed in 2.28 – pleased with that!

 

I did my job in the team event. Its been an AMAZING week watching team GB do so well in so many disciplines.

A huge thank you to everyone who made the Games happen. What was really amazing were all the crowds who turned out to cheer the competitors on – having a disability is not a barrier to achieving – whatever you aspire to do. I hope the British public continue to embrace difference and respect others talents no matter what that might be.

As I head back to Rossendale my biggest challenge is yet to come as I launch and grow my new business Military Mountain Bikers.

I hope you keep following my progress and if you fancy a go – get in touch.

Gibbo

Sore, exhausted but very happy!

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