As a child, competitive sports were a major part of Kelly’s life. But since her accident, the former RAF Physical Training Instructor let her injury define her.
She lost focus on sport and her physical and mental recovery suffered. It left Kelly with complete loss of confidence and self- belief.
Yet through the Invictus Games, she is surrounded by people who do not judge but understand, talk and offer support.
The Welsh 41-year-old living in Shropshire said: They have empowered me to achieve the best I can be.
The UK Trials was a turning point in my life, I am back competing and I want more.
I have started to believe in myself and was proud to show my children, who have never seen me without disability, that with self-belief you can accomplish anything. I have dreamt of representing my country at the highest level, something I thought would never be a part of my life again.
The OppO Foundation has been established to help ex-military personnel, their families and dependants on their return to civilian life.
Our objectives are to provide support in practical areas such as:
However life in the military is very different to life as a civilian and support is also needed to help people survive the culture change.
It is also important to recognise that support is not a one-sided affair.
The OppO Foundation provides support to military personnel returning to civilian life and also supports the civilian community to welcome and benefit from their return.