Ross Austen will be travelling to Orlando, Florida next month for the Invictus Games.
A para-powerlifter from Fremington will be competing on the world stage after being selected for the United Kingdom’s Invictus Games squad.
Ross Austen was unveiled as a member of the team by Prince Harry last week in a ceremony at Buckingham Palace.
The 34-year-old is part of a squad of 110 that will travel to Orlando, Florida in May for the games for wounded, injured or sick servicemen and women.
Ross said: “It feels great – it’s a great opportunity and a great platform for everyone who’s been injured and has been through similar situations to showcase to the world what can be achieved after injury with a bit of hard work and determination.”
The Invictus Games was set up by Prince Harry, with the first games taking place in 2014.
Ross lost his leg while on active service in Afghanistan in 2008.
Now a full-time athlete, he has his sights set on the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo.
“I have a four-year plan in process now,” he said
“There’s still a lot of hard work to be doing, so I’ve just got to knuckle down and get on with that.”
The Invictus Games run from May 8-12, with Ross in action on May 9 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex.