IMAGE ID G8XKX8 Prince Harry with JJ Chalmers at the 2016 Invictus Games 110516 CREDIT PA Images, Alamy Stock Photo cover image
JJ Chalmers and Prince Harry at the Invictus Games, 2016 (picture: PA / Alamy).
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JJ Chalmers close to tears as he praises Ex-Sapper Commonwealth Games athlete

The former Royal Marine also paid an emotional tribute to Birmingham.

IMAGE ID G8XKX8 Prince Harry with JJ Chalmers at the 2016 Invictus Games 110516 CREDIT PA Images, Alamy Stock Photo cover image
JJ Chalmers and Prince Harry at the Invictus Games, 2016 (picture: PA / Alamy).

Royal Marine turned TV personality JJ Chalmers came close to tears while praising the achievements of his friend and athlete, Micky Yule, who won Bronze in the heavyweight bench press competition at the Commonwealth Games

The presenter, who starred in Strictly Come Dancing in 2020, gave the tribute live on air, describing the extraordinary situations people like Micky have navigated since sustaining injuries while serving in the Armed Forces. 

Micky, who lifted 192kg to place third in the bench press contest, lost both his legs in a blast in Afghanistan 12 years ago. 

 

Holding back tears, JJ also described the significance of Birmingham, the host city of the 2022 Commonwealth Games, which is also the location of the Queen Elizabeth II hospital, where many of those injured in Afghanistan were brought home to be treated. 

"Thank you to Birmingham, because whenever people said the name of this city, I thought of the hospital. And it was amazing, and I'm grateful to it," JJ said, visibly emotional.

He continued: "But now when people say Birmingham, I think of these games.

"This city gave me a life, and now I have something to live for."