John-James Chalmers,Games Symposium

Ex Royal Marine maimed by Afghanistan explosion to present an motivational speech

A ROYAL Marine who was maimed by an explosion in Afghanistan would be to tell an Edinburgh target audience about his inspiring recovery.

John-James Chalmers, 32, who is used as a teacher at Balerno High, was broken by an IED while on foot patrol in Helmand Province in May 2011.

He said: “I believe the silver lining of my lifespan story is the possibility to share my hard-learned lessons so others recognize they may not necessarily are afflicted with the same woes in order to excel.”

The explosion killed 2 of his comrades, and also JJ knew little until he woke up in a Birmingham hospital 10 days later.

Seeing coverage of the 2012 Paralympic Games on TV was a flipping point in his recuperation and also he put his heart and soul into training for the 2014 Invictus Games for injured armed solutions personnel. He went on to win a gold medal, captaining the trike group in the Men’s Recumbent Circuit Race.

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