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5 minutes with… Mike Goody Invictus Swimming Champion

In 2008, Mike Goody was on patrol in Afghanistan when he was caught in the blast of an improvised explosive device. Three years later, after multiple surgeries to attempt to repair his shattered leg, he opted to have it amputated below the knee. At the Invictus Games in 2014 and 2016, he collected a total of 10 medals (eight gold, one silver and one bronze) for swimming. He’s also completed a three-person English Channel relay

What a¨ racts you to swimming and, in particular, open water swimming?

I’ve always enjoyed swimming but the water has been a huge help to me during my recovery. The Channel relay in 2009 really helped me break out of some dark days. I was suffering post traumatic stress disorder, I was clinically alcoholic and addicted to my pain killers. When I swim, it’s like there’s a switch in my head that takes me away from negative thoughts, which really helps with the PTSD. Physically, I feel free of my disability when I’m in the water – it’s not as much of a hindrance as it is on land. As for open water, I love the additional challenge. Swimming in the English Channel actually scares me, and that element of fear adds something. If you only do stuff that’s easy, there’s no progression.

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In this issue we explore wild swimming in Scandinavia, where the right to roam extends to swimming outdoors – in some of the world’s most breathtaking scenery. We also bring you reports from some our favourite events of the summer – more swims for you to add to your bucket list! We hear from Howard James and Sabrina Wiedmer about their record breaking swims – the earliest (and coldest) English Channel crossing and the first woman to cross the Dál Raita Channel, respectively. And if that all sounds a bit too hardcore and serious, Dan Abel shows us how to keep our swimming fun. Enjoy the magazine and happy swimming.
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