RAF veteran from Rutland named Invictus captain

WATCH: Peter Bearne reports on Rachel's remarkable story

A former RAF medic has been chosen to lead Team UK at next year's Invictus Games.

Rachel Williamson, who's from Exton in Rutland, was discharged from the air force in 2014 after picking up an innocuous injury playing rugby.

She originally thought she had sprained her thumb, but over the coming months the injury spread and she eventually lost movement in her right arm.

Rachel now swims using just her left arm Credit: ITV Anglia

Forced to leave her career, Rachel has credited sport with turning her spirits around.

She said: "It shows that sport is a good tool for recovery and we just have to ask for help.

"Sport is amazing, and I have to keep it going, it’s part of me now."

She made her first appearance at the Invictus Games - the tournament organised by Prince Harry for ex-servicemen and women - in 2019 in Sydney.

Prince Harry helped unveil the squad on Tuesday Credit: ITV Anglia

Competing in swimming and rowing, she won two gold medals, three silver and one bronze.

Next year's tournament is taking place in The Hague, and Rachel will be leading Team UK as captain.