From run­ning to swim­ming

Manawatu Guardian - - STEPPING OUT... - By MERANIA KARAURIA

Ja­son Stur­ley says swim­ming is now his run­ning track.

An am­pu­ta­tion above his left knee has meant an ad­just­ment to his sport train­ing and the swim­ming means there’s no im­pact on his leg.

A cor­po­ral in the New Zealand Army lo­gis­tics reg­i­ment at Lin­ton, Ja­son is in the 25-strong team to go to the In­vic­tus Games in Syd­ney in Oc­to­ber.

Al­though able-bod­ied, Ja­son is in the wheel­chair rugby team which means dif­fer­ent prepa­ra­tion for the fast-paced game.

“Pull-ups and train­ing in the pool keeps the car­dio go­ing ev­ery day.”

Ja­son played full­back be­fore the ac­ci­dent that took his leg.

“It’s now be­ing men­tally pre­pared and looking for the quick passes.

“It’s a lot of work and a lot of en­ergy con­trol so that your chair is not knocked out of the court.”

And the man who de­vel­oped the In­vic­tus Games that uses the power of sport to in­spire re­cov­ery, sup­port re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion and gen­er­ate a wider un­der­stand­ing and re­spect for wounded, in­jured and ill ac­tive ser­vice mem­bers and vet­er­ans?

“Yes, I met Prince Harry at the 2014 In­vic­tus Games in Lon­don.

“He’s amaz­ing, re­ally hon­est, is gen­uine and has in­tegrity.

“Be­ing an ex-ser­vice­man he un­der­stands, and takes the time to talk with you.”

The In­vic­tus Games wheel­chair rugby team will com­pete in Round 2 of the NZ Wheel­chair Rugby cham­pi­onship tour­na­ment at Arena Manawatu¯ this week­end start­ing 9am with the fi­nals on Sun­day.

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