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UK Sitting Volleyball Team Ready For More Invictus Glory In Sydney

With the Invictus Games in Australia just four months away, training is stepping up a gear...

With the 2018 Invictus Games in Australia just four months away, training is stepping up a gear. 

The UK sitting volleyball team won gold at the first-ever tournament, but since then it's been knocked into second place.

Lance Corporal Netra Rana lost his left leg below the knee in an explosion in Afghanistan.

He's played for the team at the last three Invictus Games tournaments - and told Forces Network this year, they're going for gold:

"It's not easy to get a gold but we have to train hard."

UK Sitting Volleyball Ready To Reclaim Invictus Glory At Sydney

Coach Richard Osborn reckons the team are in with a decent chance of a medal but says competition is tough. He said: 

"I've been keeping my eye on other nations as you'd expect me to do as a coach... and I have to say the American team is going to be a force to be reckoned with."

Former RAF Corporal Darren Young was medically discharged from the Air Force with a shattered back and shoulder.

This is his first Invictus Games. He says training leaves him in so much pain he struggles to sleep but despite this, it's 'what gets me up in the morning.' 

This is also the first time on the team for serving RAF Sergeant Paul Twitchell, who suffers from PTSD. For him, taking part is all about his family:

"Even when training gets hard, I think about my son. If I don't want to get out for a run, my wife shouts at me and if I get really low while training I think of trying to make my mother and father proud when I'm out in Australia and they're cheering me on."

The sitting volleyball team will travel to Sydney to take part in the Invictus Games, which will run from October 20-27.

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