Invictus Games

Meet The UK Invictus Team: Kirk Hughes

Meet the man who had the honour of carrying the flag at The Invictus Games opening ceremony.

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.

Serving in the Royal Navy was Kirk Hughes' life and passion.

He was medically discharged in 2002 after contacting meningitis whilst on exercise in the year 2000.

Kirk, known to his teammates as Spike, has since suffered from Complex Regional Pain Syndrome - a nerve condition affecting his legs - and is currently in the process of elective amputation.

He started playing wheelchair tennis as a means to compete at the Invictus Games. 

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Winning a bronze medal in the wheelchair tennis was something he never expected to happen.

Spike and his teammate Cornelia had to face the UK number one seeds in the semi-final, but they took to the challenge as even getting that far was more than they dared to hope for years ago.

He also had the honour of carrying the flag at The Invictus Games opening ceremony.

He's supported at the Games by his wife Diana and children.

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.