Lamin Manneh, 40, from Manchester, disabled Army veteran and WHILL Powerchair Ambassador for TGA, has returned from the Invictus Games with four winning medals.
- Men’s IF6 Shotput, Gold (7.53m)
- Men’s IF6 Discus, Silver (20.65m)
- Sitting Volley Ball, Silver (lost to Georgia in the Final Gold Match, 2-0).
- Rowing, Bronze (Achieved 891m in the Men’s IR1 Four-minute endurance final)
Father of five Lamin was injured in Afghanistan whilst serving as an Irish Guard. He has rebuilt his life as a triple amputee and rose to fame following a starring role in the BBC TV programme DIY-SOS ‘Homes for Veteran’s Special’. Lamin built a bond with the show’s presenter Nick Knowles and Prince Harry who visited the site whilst filming. As the founder of Invictus, Price Harry re-visited Lamin recently at home to wish him good luck before the Games.
Lamin competed at the Invictus Games with the assistance of a pioneering WHILL powerchair supplied by TGA Mobility. Vehicle ramps were also loaned by Enable Access. WHILL is a new type of stylish Personal Electric Vehicle (PEV) that provides revolutionary manoeuvrability through its ‘omni’ all-directional front wheels. Both front wheels include 24 individual rollers which can rotate laterally so WHILL can turn on its own axis, delivering the tightest turning circle possible. Lamin was able to use this remarkable feature for maximum accessibility whilst travelling and during the Games – enhanced by powerful four-wheel-drive he was able to access the whole competition site and Toronto with ease.
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