Well-wishers have their fingers crossed for Gosport’s John as he prepares for Invictus challenge

Gosport veteran John Shepard, who will be taking part in the 2018 Invictus Games this month. Picture: David George
Gosport veteran John Shepard, who will be taking part in the 2018 Invictus Games this month. Picture: David George
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PEOPLE in Gosport have pledged their support to an army veteran who will be flying out to compete in the Invictus Games next week.

Ex-armed forces man John Shepard, 38, will be representing Team GB at the Invictus Games from October 20-27.

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Well-wishers from across the town say they will be cheering John on as he competes in a number of events, from indoor rowing to the 4x100m.

Malcolm Dent from the Gosportarians said: ‘Best wishes John and we Gosportarians would like to wish you a happy and successful Invictus Games when you head out on Monday.

‘Gosport is behind you!’

Bradley Smith, 22, said: ‘Good luck John! Hope you have a great time, enjoy yourself, maybe even grab Team UK a medal or two.’

Kirsty Smillie, 36, said: ‘John is an inspiration and a fantastic role model for our community.

‘He is showing strength and courage by combating PTSD with sport, and becoming an international athlete!

‘Importantly, John is encouraging mental health to be discussed in an open forum, making people aware of the challenges that people face, and giving people hope. Good luck John!’

Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage said: ‘I wish John the best of luck in the Invictus Games later this month.

‘I’m extremely proud that he will be flying the flag for not only Gosport, but Team UK. I will be keeping an eye out to see how John gets on in his events.’

Leader of Gosport Borough Council, Cllr Mark Hook, added: ‘Everyone who takes part is a tremendous example of what you can achieve through adversity and they should all be commended.

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‘It's great to see somebody from Gosport competing in the games and I wish John the best of luck.’