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Former Royal Marine prepares to represent UK in Invictus Games

Photo: ITV West Country

A former Royal Marine who was based in the West Country is preparing to represent the UK in The Invictus Games.

Mark Ormrod who served with Taunton-based 40 Commando was selected from more than 300 as one of 90 to take part in the games.

The sporting event starts in Toronto on Saturday.

Ormrod has been training hard for the games which start on Saturday. Credit: ITV West Country

There's a lot of pride for Mark Ormrod here in the Westcountry.

Many people wished him luck as he trained for the games.

Among his well-wishers were fellow former Marines.

Former Marine Knocker White is just one of Ormrod's many supporters. Credit: ITV West Country

Being an athlete is something doctors warned Mark he could never do.

This Christmas Eve marks the tenth anniversary of when his life changed for good.

He was on a routine foot patrol in Helmand in Afghanistan when he triggered an IED, an improvised explosive device, which resulted in him losing both legs above the knee and one of his arms above the elbow.

Mark was injured in Helmand province in Afghanistan 10 years ago. Credit: ITV West Country

The former serviceman says he thrives on challenge.

Ormrod will be taking on rowing and swimming as well as the hand bike in Toronto.

He jokes that the training for these sports is gruelling.

I have no idea [why he chose these sports]. If I do this again I think I'll do shot put, archery and something that doesn't involve my lungs coming out of my throat most of the time!

– Mark Ormrod
Ormrod is competing in the hand bicycle as well as swimming and rowing. Credit: ITV West Country

The former 40-commando says he decided to compete in the games to push himself as a final part of his recovery process.

Every other area of my life - my family, my career, my personal development; I've concentrated on over these 10 years but I've not done anything to do with sport.

– Mark Ormrod

Ormrod says training for and competing in the games offers a great sense of personal achievement.

By jumping into it and learning it it's really helped me grow as a person. I think by representing the country at the Invictus Games it's going to feel like I've completely dominated my injuries and it's going to be a really nice way to round off 10 years.

– Mark Ormrod
Ormrod says competing in the games will help him to 'dominate' his injuries. Credit: ITV West Country

The Invictus Games have fallen perfectly for Mark, who is making a documentary called NoLIMBits about his life.

He hopes his story can inspire others.

I'm just living my life. If that can motivate and inspire people then I think I'm onto a winner because I'm just going out and having a good time, enjoying myself and experiencing life while I'm here and if that helps other people get on with theirs then what more can you ask for?

– Mark Ormrod

The Invictus Games were the brainchild of Prince Harry and are for wounded injured and sick servicemen and women and veterans.

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The opening ceremony of the games takes place on Saturday.

Ormrod couldn't be more excited as the team departs for Toronto.

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