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YULE Micky
Sport Para powerlifting
NPC Great Britain   
GenderMen
Age39
Place of BirthEdinburgh, SCO
Height1.78 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Further Personal Information
Marital status
Married
Family
Wife Jody, daughter Tilly, son Charlie
Residence
Great Britain
Occupation
Athlete, Public Speaker, Veteran
Languages
English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began powerlifting in 2011.
Why this sport?
He was a member of an army weightlifting team before his injury, and he used the sport as part of his rehabilitation.
Name of coach
Neil Crosbie [personal]
Senior International Debut
Year
2012
Competing for
Great Britain
Location
Cardiff, WAL
General Interest
Nicknames
Micky (britishweightlifting.org, 28 Jul 2015)
Hobbies
Watching boxing, supporting Scottish football team Glasgow Celtic and American football club the Seattle Seahawks. (dailysinclair.com, 15 May 2017)
Most influential person in career
His family. (britishweightlifting.org, 2016)
Injuries
He broke the femur in his left leg twice in 2017. The first occasion was part of pioneering surgery to attach a rod into the limb, while the bone broke for a second time on Christmas Eve when he leg collapsed underneath him. He recovered in time to compete at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, QLD, Australia. (paralympic.org, 28 May 2018)

He competed with a muscle injury at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland. (lincolnshireecho.co.uk, 28 Jun 2015)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"I am the master of my faith." (mickyyule.com, 01 Feb 2018)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (paralympic.org, 28 May 2018)
Impairment
In 2010 he was serving as a Royal Engineer Search Advisor in Afghanistan when he stepped on an improvised explosive device [IED]. He lost both legs, sustained a shattered pelvis and also a fractured arm. On his return to England, he required 21 operations at the Selly Oak Hospital in Birmingham. (soldierscharity.org, 26 Oct 2012)
Other information
SKELETON CHALLENGE
In 2018 he took part in a documentary to learn how to race in skeleton, and then compete against Latvian Olympic medallist Latvian Martins Dukurs. The show, which was called 'Slider: Ice Warrior Challenge' featured a race between the two athletes on the track that was used during the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver. As double-amputees cannot currently compete in the sport, Yule used a specially designed sled and was assisted by propulsion fans at the start of the race. "Just because it hadn't been done before, didn't mean that we couldn't do it. Just that people weren't crazy enough to attempt it." (Quest TV YouTube channel, 07 Feb 2018; britishlegion.org.uk, 31 Jan 2018)

PIONEERING SURGERY
In 2017 he took part in a military trial to undergo a type of surgery called 'osseointegration', which involved inserting a titanium rod straight into his femur bone and then attaching it to a prosthetic leg. In order for the rod to be fitted correctly, his femur had to be broken. During his rehabilitation his leg collapsed, causing another fracture to the femur, although he recovered in time to compete at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, QLD, Australia. "They drill out your femurs, scoop out all the bone marrow and that stuff, then they hammer titanium rods up into them. So, instead of you wearing sockets which slip over your stumps, your prosthetics are now connected to the metal which actually hangs out of your legs, connecting directly to your bone. It is like X-men, really crazy stuff."(sportfirst.sportscotland.org.uk, 05 Apr 2018; heraldscotland.com, 19 Jan 2018)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
6 2016 65kg 180
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
5 2014 65kg 180.0
Commonwealth Games
Rank Year Event Result
4 2014 Bench Press Heavyweight 172.9
4 2018 Bench Press Heavyweight 169.9
European Open Championships
Rank Year Event Result
4 2013 72kg 175
4 2015 80kg 193
1 2018 72kg 177