Richard Gamble

Swimming


Key Achievements

  • Invictus Games 2018 – Silver in 50m Freestyle Relay
  • Invictus Games 2018 – Bronze in 50m Backstroke
  • Tri-Service Swim Team (various medals)
  • Army Swim Team (various medals)
  • Royal Engineers Swim Team (various medals)
  • County, regional and national level

Future Goals

  • Represent Team UK at the Invictus Games in 2020 in swimming, hand bike and seated volleyball.
  • Start swim coaching in the local area
  • Encourage more people to get actively involved with disability sport and help others overcome their adversities.

Profile

Age: 28

Richard joined the military after leaving school at the age of 16. As a child, he swam to county, regional and national level. Whilst in the military, he represented his regiment and was soon swimming for the army and tri-service team. Unfortunately, Richard was injured and needed multiple major operations on both legs, which ended his military career.

Richard was determined to not let his injuries defeat him and, as soon as he was able, he was back in the pool. In 2017, Richard applied to become an athlete at the Invictus Games. After completing the time trials and various swim camps, Richard was selected to join Team UK at the 2018 Invictus Games in Sydney where he was a multi-medal winner.