One of the many memorable moments of the 2017 Invictus Games unfolded at the indoor rowing competition at Ryerson’s Mattamy Athletic Centre when UK competitor Mark Ormrod won two silver medals.
Mark, the first British triple amputee to survive the Afghanistan conflict, was joined on the podium by his children, Evie and Mason. He went on to win another silver, which was presented to him by Prince Harry. Kensington Palace stated in a tweet, “Prince Harry first met Mark in 2008 in Headley Court and tonight had the honour of awarding him a silver Invictus Games medal.”
Mark Ormrod celebrates his double silver win with his family.
A Royal Marines commando, Mark was on patrol in Helmand Province in Afghanistan when he stepped on an improvised explosive device and lost both his legs and right arm. A true fighter, he sprung back from his devastating injury to become an internationally acclaimed motivational speaker, peak performance coach and best-selling author.
Following his double silver win on Tuesday, Mark told the Daily Mail: “To have two silver is brilliant and seeing the other competitors is humbling. I am incredibly proud of my performance and medal achievement, but for many of the athletes it is about personal bests, getting on that start line and being part of a team. No matter your goal, everything about the Invictus Games is extraordinary.”
You can follow Mark’s Invictus journey on Twitter.
Prince Harry congratulates Mark Ormrod (centre), gold medallist Michael Trauner of Canada (left)
and bronze medalist Ryan Major of the United States (right).