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Air Force veteran only Scot to be selected for Invictus Games

Michael Mellon's leg was amputated after he was seriously injured in a rugby accident.

Reporting by Hayley Bouma.

Michael Mellon was a senior aircraftsman in the RAF until a serious injury during a rugby match forced him to leave the forces in 2005.

He broke the fibia and tibia in his leg, and after 12 operations developed compartment syndrome, which caused intense pressure and severe pain. He had to have it amputated as a result.

But Michael will be the only Scot to compete at this year's Invictus Games, which involves more than 500 ex-servicemen and women competing across 11 different sports.

The event will run for seven days from October 20.

Michael said: "Before I had my leg amputated I was in a lot of pain and very immobile.

"I was up at 21 stone because I was so inactive so as soon as the leg came off it was like a fresh start and the weight started to come off."

Michael, 38, was inspired to take part after watching the Orlando Invictus Games on TV.

He believes the event is not just about the sport but gives ex-servicemen a sense of belonging.

"It's a great opportunity to be competing and I'm very fortunate to be involved with it," he said.

"The biggest thing for me is just meeting up with the lads again and picking up the banter I miss from the air force."

This is Michael's second Invictus Games after competing in Toronto last year.

He will participate in three disciplines; rugby, volleyball and basketball.

Medals: Michael won silver and bronze at the games last year.
Medals: Michael won silver and bronze at the games last year.

He said: "Hopefully we are looking for medals at all events, I got a silver and bronze year so I'm aiming for gold this year.

"I've put myself under a bit of pressure to get the gold but we have some fantastic team mates so it should be good."

The Invictus Games were started by Prince Harry in 2014 to help ex-servicemen and women in their recovery from physical and mental injuries through sport.

Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, are attending the games this year.

Michael said: "I met Prince Harry last year, I've met him a few times.

"He's a really easy guy to talk to and I met Meghan this year and spoke to her for 5 minutes and she was really easy to talk to.

"I asked her if she was going out to Australia and she said she would be there so it will be good to see her."

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