Mary Wilson, a gold medallist at the Nottingham 2015 CPISRA World Games won a top military award on Friday night.
Mary was awarded the Sporting Excellence Award at the Soldiering On Awards in London on Friday.
Mary was in the Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps for 20 years, reaching the rank of staff sergeant and serving in many locations including Bosnia, Kosovo, Northern Ireland and Belize. She was also in charge of the Field Mental Health team in Afghanistan for three months.
During her career, she was recommended for Mention in Dispatches due to an act of bravery, received the MOD People’s Award for Inspiration and the Burroughs Cup for her outstanding contribution to military mental health.
But in 2000, while attending a military horse-riding course, Mary was thrown from her horse, hitting a wall and breaking her cheekbone, two toes in her right foot and ripping her bicep muscle from her right shoulder. Four years later, she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.
After three operations, which left her with very limited arm movement, arthritis and constant pain, she was medically discharged in December 2012. Determined to retain her fitness, Mary trained hard and, the following year, was selected to compete in the US Warrior Games. In 2014 she participated in the inaugural Invictus Games where not only did she win five medals, but she captained the Field Team.
In 2015 Mary represented Cerebral Palsy Sport England and Wales at the Nottingham 2015 CPISRA World Games and won gold. Most recently Mary won gold at the Cerebral Palsy Sport National Swimming Championships in Nottingham.
Well done Mary