Goody delivers five-star display

Michael Goody in action
Michael Goody in action
Alexander Edge, nearest camera, begins his backstroke bid. Picture: Chris Moorhouse

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Michael Goody turned on the style to pick up five medals in the pool at the inaugural Invictus Games.

The Bognor Regis talent won silver in the 50m ISC freestyle before storming to gold in the 50m backstroke, breaststroke, 100m freestyle and 4x50m relay.

The 29-year-old had his left leg amputated in 2008 and has only been swimming for fun.

But when he heard about the Invictus Games – an international sporting event for wounded, injured and sick service personnel – he upped his game.

And he has highlighted the role sport can play in inspiring people in a similar position to him.

‘It was absolutely brilliant competing in the Invictus Games,’ he said.

‘The atmosphere was superb.

‘I was involved in sport before the amputation.

‘I used sport to get me out of what I call my dark times in the early days when I turned to drink.

‘With the help of Help for Heroes and Battle Back at Headley Court, I used it to turn my life around a bit.

‘Swimming is my sport now but I only really do it for social, fun or fitness reasons.

‘I don’t really compete anymore.

‘I used to when I was younger but for the Invictus Games I upped my training and thought I had better do something about it.

‘I heard about it six or seven months ago and was keen to get involved as soon as I saw swimming was in it.’

More than 400 competitors from 13 nations took part in nine sports across four days in London.

Goody, who was injured by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan, admitted it was not the first time he’s been in the public eye.

And he’s hoping it won’t be the last.

He said: ‘I featured in an advert with Land Rover and I’ve had a couple of people at work and patients – I work for the local ambulance service – recognise me.

‘It’s a bit strange but it’s nice as well.

‘If the Invictus Games came back, I would most certainly be up for it.

‘If we can inspire just one person to change their lifestyle or think they can do something about their situation, then we’ve done something positive.’

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