From running to swimming
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.