Hero soldier who lost both legs wins Paralympic World Cup gold medal

After losing both his legs in a bomb blast in Afghanistan Corie Mapp became a gold medalist in the inaugural Paralympic World Cup bobsleigh race.

Corie Mapp, a 36-year-old Army veteran who served in Afghanistan, has been on an incredible journey  from serving in The Household Cavalry and being injured to representing Great Britain as part of the Paralympic World Cup bobsleigh and sitting volleyball teams.

Corie's story

Bomb blast ends military service

In 2015, Corie won gold at the inaugural Paralympic World Cup bobsleigh race. But this triumph wasn’t part of his original life plan. Corie served in The Household Cavalry Regiment as a Life Guard and later drove tanks in Afghanistan. Originally from Barbados, he joined the Army as a Commonwealth soldier. He wanted to serve the Commonwealth and make a difference, for the sake of his children.

Corie’s military service was cut short in in Musa Qala, Afghanistan, in 2010 when the blast from an improvised explosive device (IED) resulted in the loss of both his legs.

“The Legion needs to be in the spotlight. They do so much that needs highlighting. They look after you, they support you...” Corie Mapp

recovery

He was flown back to Birmingham’s Selly Oak hospital and in a story that shows his determination, within two weeks of waking up from an induced coma he was moving around on prosthetics. This determination has lead him to a remarkable recovery and allowed him to excel in a range of sports.

a man of action again

After his injury Corie became involved with sport, starting out on a journey that would begin with sitting volleyball and take him to the Warrior Games, the Invictus Games, and to winning a gold medal in the Paralympic World Cup bobsleigh championships in 2015.

He now plays disabled cricket for Hampshire and is part of Great Britain's Paralympic bobsleigh team. He's currently involved in the Team UK trials for the 2016 Invictus Games and hopes to represent the UK in sitting volleyball.

Corie has applied to be a volunteer case worker for the Legion in Swindon where he lives with his wife and three children.

“I want to give back to the Legion. I would like to have a positive impact on someone’s life.” Corie Mapp

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