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RAF Sergeant with Multiple Sclerosis to lead Team UK in Warrior Games

39-year-old Georgie Smith from Llantwit Major will lead the team in the competition Credit: ITV Wales

A serving RAF Sergeant with Multiple Sclerosis has been announced as Captain of the UK team at this year's Warrior Games.

39-year-old Georgie Smith from Llantwit Major will lead the team in the competition, which is organised specifically for wounded, injured or ill service personnel and veterans.

Georgie, who was diagnosed with MS four years ago, said she was ''overwhelmed'' to be picked to captain the team.

''I was shocked but also felt a rush of pride and a sense of achievement.'' she said.

''I was sat at work and I literally screamed when I got the email. Honestly, I was so overwhelmed, I wasn't expecting it at all.''

Despite her diagnosis, Georgie was determined not to let it hold her back. Credit: Georgie Smith

Georgie had the life-changing diagnosis of MS in 2015, but has since retained her role in the RAF and even been promoted.

Despite her diagnosis, Georgie was determined not to let it hold her back.

''It was the realisation every morning when I woke up, those two letters that were going to change my life.

''I can honestly say it has been a positive experience for the majority of it.''

The Warrior Games, which will be held in Florida this year, has given Georgie a chance to highlight the challenges she has faced with the condition.

In the competition, she will be competing in indoor rowing, powerlifting, shooting, sitting volleyball, 100m sprint discus and shot.

I feel truly honoured. I will lead the team at the opening ceremony and throughout the games, as a voice for Team UK and a shoulder when needed.

– Sergeant Georgie Smith
  • The Warrior Games will take place between 21st - 30th June.