In conversation with ‘Dot’ Perkins, Captain, Invictus Games 2018 and Registered Physiotherapist

Thursday 9th May 14:20 - 14:45

Having served 11 years in the British Army, Dot’s career was cut short when he was badly injured on operations, resulting in multiple hip operations and sciatic nerve damage. Having spent four years within military rehabilitation, realising his military career was over – he decided to retrain as a physiotherapist.

After a few years’ experience, Dot took a military position, helping rehabilitate others who were in a similar position. Rehabbing some inspirational soldiers opened Dot’s eyes to the Invictus Games - as an injured soldier, he realised he was eligible to qualify to compete.

Feeling like he was defined by his injury Dot hadn’t trained for 10 years, applying for the Invictus Games got Dot back into sport – finding a new passion for cycling and rowing, which provided huge health and mental benefits.

Dot competed in the 2017 Invictus Games - surrounded by like-minded heroes, where he pushed himself to compete again, focusing on his own goals of getting to the start line. In 2018 he was appointed the captaincy - uniting many individuals with differing physical or mental health problems, but all wearing a uniform again – for many the nearest they would get to being back in their lost and missed careers.

Dot continues to be an ambassador for the Invictus Games – join him as he tells his inspirational story.

Chair

Professor Robert Copeland, Director, Advanced Wellbeing Research Centre and NCSEM Sheffield at Sheffield Hallam University

Dr James Steele, Reseach Director at UKactive and Solent University

My journey to the Invictus Games

Speaker

Dot Perkins, Captain Invictus Games 2018 and Register Physiotherapist