A swimmer from the UK Invictus Games team has spoken to Forces Network about the power of sport.

It comes with the start of this year's competition less than three weeks away.

The last few training sessions are now taking place, with the Team UK swimmers meeting in Catterick for their final preparations.

One of the athletes, Emma Pack, told Cath Brazier that sport gave her a huge buzz: "I never thought sport would get me back into reality again [until I tried it].

"You get into a state of depression... feeling unwanted, unneeded - and then you find sport... It gives you the biggest buzz."

Emma's one of 20 swimmers from the 90-strong UK Team competing at the Games.

A former gunner in the Army, she was discharged in 2005. She has a degenerative disc disease which has resulted in a loss of feeling in her legs.

Emma Pack - UK Invictus Games swimmer

She missed the 2016 Games because she was pregnant - so was delighted to be selected this time around.

The Games, which see wounded, injured or sick forces personnel and veterans battle it out for glory, will start on September 23 in Toronto, Canada.

They'll also be a new experience for multi-sportsman Greg Dunnings.

Greg Dunnings - UK Invictus Games swimmer

An Army rugby player, Greg was injured in 2009 in Afghanistan.

He said: "When you lose that team environment [of being in the forces], the intensity of it, coming back into this kind of situation refocuses [and] re-energises you."

Swimming has always been a strong sport for the UK Invictus Team, with last year seeing a real battle in the pool between them and hosts the US.

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