For Colin, Dragon Boating has been a huge part of his mental recovery:
“I have a mental disease called PTSD, and if you’d asked me two years ago would I be doing Dragon Boating, sitting in Hungary about to compete, I’d have said you were off your head.
"I was in a bad place then. I don’t like talking about it
“Without this – without this sport – without this family and my family – I wouldn’t be here.”
Forces News reporter Hannah King caught up with the team on race day:
Storming the start, the team's race plan fell into place with military precision.
However, the race was not all about winning, as the founder of the 'Purple Warriors', Nigel Bedford, highlighted: "That race was one of our finest and it was our first 10-man. I don’t care if we finished last and then we had the benefit of an early bath.
"[It’s] immensely rewarding when you get them on the water and they paddle like a demon team and show unimpaired crews that their impairments are peripheral – what matters is they’re in a boat together."
The 'Purple Warriors' were particularly proud of one crew member in their first race - the team’s new drummer and Colin’s stepdaughter, Terri.
Colin said: "That 10-man team really held it together and this wee girl here – proud of her."
The 'Purple Warriors' return home 'exhausted but proud', having shown what can be achieved as a team, regardless of the challenges they face.