Meet The UK Team: Ken Hargreaves

With 90 members of the UK Team competing at the third Invictus Games it can be hard to follow everything the team gets up to.

Throughout the Games, we're sitting down with some of the athletes competing to find out what motivates them to push their bodies and minds to the limit and hopefully bring medals back home.

Retired Army captain Ken Hargreaves is one of the UK’s archers - he initially suffered a spinal cord injury in 2003 and has also had two tumours removed in the last year.

Ken is honoured to have been asked to become a member of the UK contingent of the 2017 Invictus Games.

He has multiple other medical issues hearing loss, organ damage and M.E. He's a wheelchair user and has the good fortune of having an Assistance Dog.

Meet The UK Team: Ken Hargreaves

Ken gave his dog the name Fred which stands for Friendly Reliable Exuberant Dog and everywhere Ken goes Fred is by his side. 

Even when shooting arrows, Fred lies loyally next to his chair and is as much a part of the UK team as Ken.

The Invictus Games has given Ken a renewed sense of purpose.  

With the passage of time and illness, he had found himself becoming socially isolated.

The unwavering support of his family and friends along with seeing the triumphs of the Invictus Games 2016 inspired him to join a local Archery Club.

His life now has clear short-term goals with future aims and aspiration replacing isolation.

His archery coach in the UK has hopes of him taking the sport to another level - aiming for qualification for the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo.

Meet The UK Team: Ken Hargreaves

You can keep up with all the latest news on the Toronto Invictus Games 2017 online and on the air.

For more head to our website or watch our coverage on Forces TV. You can also listen to highlights on BFBS Radio stations across the world.