A former Richmond soldier has won a gold medal at the Warrior Games in the US.
Emma Templeton, 39, won the medal in powerlifting at the games in Florida, which were launched to introduce wounded, injured and sick service personnel and veterans to competitive sports.
Emma was a Captain in the 5 Armoured Medical Regt when she was medically retired two years ago due to mental health problems related to her time spent in Afghanistan with Operation Herrick 17.
Ms Templeton also suffers from chronic fatigue and, since her discharge, she has been unable to work. For someone who has always been super fit – prior to joining the Army she was a water sports and fitness instructor – not being able to compete in triathlons and marathons like she used to really hit her hard.
“I joined up, at the age of 26, for travel, operations, adventure training and sport. I was an extremely fit and robust officer that fitted in very well with the infantry – but my health condition means that I can no longer take part in endurance sports,” she said..
She has not given up on sport however – instead of endurance, she began to focus on strength and has quickly become an accomplished powerlifter.
“Help for Heroes has had a huge impact on my life. I’ve attended courses held at Phoenix House Recovery Centre and received support from the Hidden Wounds team that have made me realise I am not alone in my recovery,” she said.
“Being selected for the Warrior Games has given me a goal.”