Bruno helped me fight demons
One of Br i tain ’ s sporting heroes has admitted he thought of taking his own life but says boxing legend Frank Bruno helped to pull him through his worst times.
Scottish paralympian gold medallist Dave Smith said the ex-fighter – who has famously battled his own demons – understands his “dark places” and offered him crucial advice.
Now Dave, from Aviemore, in the Highlands, is to represent Great Britain again in his first major race since fighting cancer for the third time.
He is to take part in a 20km time trial at the UCI Para- Cyling Road World Cup in Ostend, Belgium, next month.
Dave, who was given the all- clear from cancer in tests, also revealed a gr uel l ing bat tle w ith depression. He said: “It got so low that I lay in a shower thinking about taking my own life.”
Dave told how he met ex- heavyweight boxing champ Frank at a sporting lunch.
He said: “He’s obviously had his own mental health battles and we talked about the problems.
“He said ‘ Be kind to yourself’ and how important is the support of friends and family. It was good advice.”
BATTLE Dave Smith