Stanton: Delight as Alex scoops Invictus gold

Alex Tate with his gold medal - 'photo credit MOD/Corporal Andy Reddy
Alex Tate with his gold medal - 'photo credit MOD/Corporal Andy Reddy

A former soldier who lost part of his leg serving in Afghanistan won gold and bronze medals at the Invictus Games.

Alex Tate, 24, of Stanton, clinched Britain’s first gold medal of the games in the 100m men’s ambulant IT1 final.

Alex lost the lower half of his leg when a device detonated behind him during a village patrol in the Middle Eastern war zone.

He said: “It’s such an incredible feeling to have your name called out and having all your friends and family cheering you on just before your race. It’s a very big deal.”

“A device went off behind me before I could get up and blew my leg in half. So it was amazing to have been at the games.”

The former Royal Anglican soldier said the games would be ‘forever etched’ in his memory.

The Invictus Games, founded by Prince Harry, are an international sporting event for wounded, injured and sick service personnel, with more than 400 competitors from over ten nations taking part in nine sports across four days in London.

“I first got injured around the time the Paralympics were going on. I thought I’d want to give it a go but I never saw myself competing in something like this within two years.

“Undoubtedly the highlight was standing up and being cheered while receiving my medal.”