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11 May 2016

Tom Stimpson shares his excitement ahead of the Invictus Games 2016 opening ceremony

Epilepsy Society wishes Tom Stimpson, who has epilepsy, every success as we follow him competing in the Invictus Games 2016.

Airforce veteran Tom Stimpson, MBE shared how he was feeling ahead of the opening ceremony of the Invictus Games in Orlando, Florida yesterday. 

Tom had set new personal bests in the shot-put heats earlier in the day and described being there with the GB team as: “fantastic, what a great opportunity, comrades, brothers in arms, it’s overwhelming, absolutely overwhelming.”

"I'm a very lucky man"

Tom was one of more than 180 WIS military personnel and veterans who trialled 10 sports to earn one of the 110 places available on the UK team.  Speaking about getting picked to represent his country, Tom said: “Wow, it really was amazing for me.  I never thought I’d be doing sport again let alone doing the Invictus Games.  It’s overwhelming, I’m a very lucky man.”

Tom was injured while in Basra in 2006 after falling and sustaining a head injury, but went on to serve in Afghanistan in 2008 performing a challenging role in the repatriation of NATO forces.


He collapsed with a seizure after his return from duty and was diagnosed with epilepsy often triggered by flashbacks or news reports on Afghanistan.  He also has non-epileptic attack disorder (NEAD).

Tom will be competing in archery, rowing, cycling and athletics field events during the Invictus Games which draw to a close on 12 May. 

15 nations competing

The Games are the international adaptive sporting event for WIS Servicemen and women, both serving and veteran. The inaugural Invictus Games, held in London in September 2014, saw over 400 competitors from 13 nations compete in nine sports. The Invictus Games 2016 will see 500 competitors from 15 nations compete in 10 sports.

Epilepsy Society wishes Tom and all the competitors the very best of luck in the Games.


Follow live updates from the Invictus Games here


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