TGA WHILL Ambassador Lamin's Four Medal Invictus Games Experience
Friday, 6th October 2017
Huge congratulations to TGA Whill Ambassador Lamin Manneh, the 40-year-old disabled Army veteran from Manchester, who has returned from the 2017 Invictus Games in Toronto with an amazing four medal haul.
Lamin’s final results:
Men’s IF6 Shotput, Gold (7.53m)
Men’s IF6 Discus, Silver (20.65m)
Sitting Volley Ball, Silver (lost to Georgia in the Final Gold Match, 2-0).
Rowing, Bronze (Achieved 891m in the Men’s IR1 Four-minute endurance final)
The father of five, who was injured in Afghanistan, competed at the Invictus Games with the assistance of a pioneering WHILL powerchair supplied by TGA Mobility.
Lamin, who has rebuilt his life as a triple amputee and rose to fame following a starring role in the BBC TV programme DIY-SOS ‘Homes for Veteran’s Special, arrived at the games to a tremendous reception from the Canadian crowd. He said: “I underestimated how big the Games would be this year, it was unforgettable. Being part of the Invictus spirit makes you feel great. I was so proud to the part of the British team again."
"My first medal was in the Men's IF6 Shotput. Where my winning throw came from I don't know, but with the amazing Invictus spirit behind me I threw 7.53m to win the gold medal. Whenever I play sport or enter competitions I never aim to win, I always enter just to enjoy myself. Winning a medal is always a bonus, winning a gold is incredible."
Lamin continued his winning streak and followed his gold with a silver medal in the Men's IF6 Discus, throwing a huge 20.65m; a silver medal in the sitting volley ball after the team lost to Georgia in the final, and completing his medal haul with a bronze in the Men's IR1 rowing.
Lamin continues: "I was shocked to have done so well. Winning one medal is fantastic, but four is something else! My TGA WHILL was very helpful for me throughout the Games, it allowed me to save energy for the events so I could give each sport my all. Everybody loved the design and there was a lot of interest in it because it looks so different."
"I'm now looking forward to next year and I'm already considering applying for the 2018 Invictus Games which will be held in Sydney, Australia."