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Michael Swain MBE

Michael Swain joined the British Army at the age of just 16, joining 3 Rifles in Edinburgh after completing his training.

During his time at 3 Rifles Michael passed his PTI (Physical Training Instructor) course and was the youngest PTI in the battalion at the age of 18. After exercises in the Falklands and Kenya, Michael started pre-deployment training ready for a winter tour of Afghanistan in September 2009 at a time when the fight against the Taliban was at its most volatile.

Two months into his tour in Afghanistan, Michael was severely injured. While patrolling in Sangin to give clearance to an American bomb disposal team he was hit by an IED, which left him a double amputee above the knees with serious shrapnel wounds to both arms.

Michael’s recovery spanned over 4 years going between surgery and rehabilitation primarily at Headley Court.  Throughout these years he struggled to walk and in January 2014 he underwent life changing surgery in Sydney, becoming the first British soldier to receive Osteointegration.

Despite the injuries he sustained in 2009 and alongside the continuous struggles associated with Michael’s rehabilitation he actively challenged himself in numerous charity events which pushed physical and mental boundaries.  All this alongside opening his own gym and becoming becoming a father of two beautiful children.

In April 2014, Michael was awarded an MBE from the Queen for his contributions to numerous charities and inspiration to those overcoming adversity.

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