Dot is an Army Veteran who served for 11 years and whilst on military duty operation was involved in an accident resulting in multiple hip operations and sciatic nerve damage causing significant leg weakness and pain. Whilst he survived the accident, two others sadly didn’t. Dot spent 4 years within military rehabilitation where he had to come to the realisation that his military career was over. He subsequently decided to retrain as a physiotherapist and recently completed his MSc Sport & Exercise Medicine.
Dot tried an array of physiotherapy posts but found working back in the military rehabilitating injured soldiers gave him the highest job satisfaction, ‘as he knew the beast that is a soldier’. Dot has also been involved in assisting Sport Relief Challenges since 2008, where he has closely worked with Greg Whyte and Dr Matt Stride forming a tight medical team supporting the celebrities complete their challenge; James Cracknell to run, cycle and swim to Africa; John Bishop to complete ‘Bishops Week of Hell’ that involved John cycling, rowing and running from Paris to London; Davina McCall in her ‘Beyond Breaking Point’ 506 mile ultra triathlon; Jo Brand ‘Hell of a Walk’ 145 mile walk from Hull to Liverpool; Both Greg James ‘Gregathlons’ 5 half ironman in 5 different cities and also pedal to the peaks during the beast from the east.
Whilst delivering residential rehabilitation he worked with some inspirational soldiers who opened Dot’s eyes to the Invictus Games. He had watched an individual train and push himself to compete in the games. Seeing him win gold was the ‘light bulb moment’ for Dot, motivating him to push on with his own rehabilitation. Dot felt that his injury had previously defined him and gave up on sporting activities and competition but found new inspiration from watching soldiers and many celebrities complete their challenges. He subsequently applied for the Invictus Games to get 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 Toronto – surrounded by like minded heroes, where his main goals were to push himself to compete again, get to the start line and stick with the cycling pack. In 2018 he was appointed the captaincy which bought with it new challenges of uniting many individuals with differing physical or mental health problems, but all wearing the uniform again with the union Jack on the arm – 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 and has recently been elected to be the UK Athlete Rep on the UK Armed Forces Invictus Games Partnership Board.