Lamin Manneh, 40, from Manchester, disabled war hero and WHILL Powerchair Ambassador for TGA, has won Shotput Gold and Discus Silver at the 2017 Invictus Games in Toronto, Canada.
Lamin’s official results: Shotput Gold, 7.53m. Discus Silver, 20.65m.
He will also be competing in Sitting Volleyball, Rowing and Archery during The Invictus Games.
Lamin is competing at the Invictus Games with the assistance of the revolutionary WHILL powerchair – supplied by TGA Mobility. Lamin served in the Irish Guards for five years until becoming a triple amputee following a near-fatal injury in Afghanistan during 2010. Since miraculously surviving this ordeal Lamin has become a committed para-athlete and has trained for 12 months to qualify for the Games. Father to five young children, Lamin rose to fame during his starring role in the BBC TV programme DIY-SOS ‘Homes for Veteran’s Special’ when his family received an accessible home conversion. Lamin built a bond with Nick Knowles the show’s presenter and has met Prince Harry on several occasions, the founder of the Invictus Games.
Lamin drives a WHILL Personal Electric Vehicle (PEV) supplied by TGA Mobility which is redefining powered wheelchair design. It includes pioneering technology through ‘omni’ front wheels which provide forward and lateral rotation – resulting in levels of manoeuvrability never seen before. These wheels remove the need to pivot on a traditional castor resulting in the smallest turning circle possible. Combined with powerful four-wheel-drive, cutting edge styling, ergonomic controls and powered seat slide, WHILL is the solution for style-conscious disabled people. Lamin has been able to benefit from WHILL’s world-class features during his Invictus training and at the Games resulting in success on the athletics field.
Lamin comments: “I am honoured to be competing at the Invictus Games in my WHILL. I have used many different powerchairs since my injury however WHILL gives you more respect as it is so different. There are so many competitors and supporters asking about it, I am really enjoying the whole experience. I am proud to have improved on my two Bronzes at the last Invictus Games by winning Gold and Silver here in Toronto. The Invictus spirit is different to other competitions as it helps all of us along the journey of recovery from where we were to where we want to be. There are always ups and downs in life however whatever your issues you can always rebuild yourself and move forward – driving WHILL helps me achieve this through a different class of recognition.”
Daniel Stone, TGA Managing Director, adds: “On behalf of TGA I would like to congratulate Lamin on his double medal success at the Invictus Games. I know how much hard work and training Lamin has invested to be selected for the Games – winning Gold and Silver is fully deserved. He is a remarkable individual and we are proud that Lamin is our inaugural WHILL ambassador – to see them both on the winning medal podium was simply fantastic.”