A Clydebank-born veteran has been chosen to represent the nation at Prince Harry's international sport event.

Former Royal Military policeman Mark Clougherty will join Team UK at the Invictus Games The Hague 2020.

Mark, 46, has a range of physical and mental health issues, including Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) as a result of a double right leg fracture, spinal and hip injuries and has PTSD following an incident in Iraq and a testicular cancer diagnosis.

He said: “I will compete in a racing wheelchair, over the distances of 100, 200, 400 and 1500 metres, in both the Time Trial and Criterium on my hand bike and rowing in both the 1 and 4 minute rowing events.”

“Being selected for Invictus 2020 is not only an achievement for myself but, also, my family, who’ve not only supported me over the years but, have endured a lot of lows too through my illnesses, especially when diagnosed with cancer and the resulting PTSD.

"It affects my mood – I experience anger, anxiety and depression – and I have daily pain, which can affect my sleep and quality of life at times.

"It can also affect my mobility which can affect participation with family activities."

Mark attended St Mary’s and St Columba’s Schools in Clydebank, where his family still live.

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He added: “Being a keen sportsman all my days, to have the opportunity to participate and represent the country in such a massive sporting event, whilst at the same time, hopefully showing others, that no matter how bad things can get, you should never stop fighting or pushing on to achieve new goals."

Hannah Lawton, of Help for Heroes and Chef de Mission for Team UK, said: “The 65 men and women selected to represent Team UK will not only gain a personal recovery benefit from taking part in the Games but they will hopefully inspire others suffering with life-changing injuries or illnesses that anything is possible."

The team will compete in 9 sports: athletics; archery; wheelchair basketball; cycling; powerlifting; indoor rowing; wheelchair rugby; swimming and sitting volleyball.

They will continue to train from now until May in various locations across the country as part of Help for Heroes’ extensive Sports Recovery programme and role to train and develop the team.

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Invictus UK is delivered by a partnership comprising Help for Heroes, The Ministry of Defence, and The Royal British Legion.

Anyone serving or veteran wounded, injured or sick and in need of support, or interested in how sport might help their recovery, can visit Help for Heroes’ Get Support pages.