We are so thrilled to introduce you to our official – and very first - Skiggle ambassador, Mark Clougherty. As a British Army veteran who spent 12 and a half years in the Royal Military Police before being medically discharged in 2013, Mark is a true example of ‘life coming before disability’ – something Skiggle as a disability charity is hugely passionate about.
Mark has been specially selected as one of only 65 athletes to represent Team UK at the Invictus Games in The Hague in spring 2022 and we’re delighted that he’ll be sharing some of his training updates and tips with us in the coming months. The Invictus Games is an international sport event for the wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women, both serving and veteran, and Mark will be competing across an amazing six disciplines – 100m, 200m, 400, 1,500m wheelchair athletics and the hand bike time trial and criterium.
Mark lives each day in constant pain from a number of conditions including Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) and Rhabdomyolysis, which affects his legs and hips, as well as suffering from Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) from a tour of Iraq. However, he doesn’t let his injuries hold him back and is determined to reach the top of his game in the disability sports arena. Despite only using a hand bike for the first time in late 2020, he has set himself a tough challenge of travelling 595km across Ireland in the Summer of 2022. He’ll be attempting to set a World Record for the fastest journey - from Mizen Head to Malin Head - Ireland’s equivalent of Land’s End to John O’Groats no less – in less than four days. We hope you’ll join us in cheering him on and we’re certainly going to be very proud to see Skiggle’s branding on his training jerseys!
Skiggle supports a wide range of people affected by all forms of disability, whether its Armed Forces veterans like Mark, to people with more profound disabilities and children and adults with complex special needs. Remember – life always comes before disability.