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July 5, 2016
Luke Reeson, a soldier from Cockermouth who won four medals at Prince Harrys Invictus Games earlier this year will be inspiring youngsters as a Sporting Guest at the Cumbria School Games which takes place in Carlisle on the 12th July.
The 28-year-old Duke of Lancaster corporal put in a series of impressive performances at the swimming finals of the Invictus tournament, for wounded servicemen and women.
He earned a gold medal in the 50-metre breaststroke, and silver medals in the 50-metre backstroke and 100-metre freestyle.
He was also part of the UK team who took gold in the mixed 4x50-metre freestyle relay.
Luke Reeson was shot by the Taliban in Afghanistan, leaving him with a shattered leg. As part of his recovery he took up where he left off at school in the sport of swimming.
He has trained ever since at Cockermouth Sports Centre, alongside swimming stars Luke Greenbank and Edward Baxter, with coaches Eleanor Walsh and Sean Balmer.
He has been taking part in club championships as well as county and national events.
"It was the springboard for me into competitive sport; hopefully it will do the same for the next generation."
"Since being injured I have only achieved the things that I have by setting goals and never giving up on them”.
He took part in the first games held two years ago and picked up five medals and has recently competed to take part in the Rio Paralympics.
“When training is hard or I am hurting I remember my goals and why I am doing it and keep going. I am surrounded by a great club who have also set goals. Being around likeminded people brings out the best in you!"