Luke Reeson

Swimming

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Impaired muscle power
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
S10, SB9, SM10

Further personal information

Residence
Cockermouth, ENG
Occupation
Athlete, Personal Trainer, Veteran
Languages
English

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He tried rowing, weightlifting and triathlon before settling on swimming.
Why this sport?
He began swimming as part of his rehabilitation following his injury. "It is massive in my life. It has helped me physically but also mentally. The mental recovery is probably harder than the physical. I took swimming lessons as a kid, the same as everyone else, but I had never swum competitively before. It has become so important to me now."
Club / Team
Cockermouth Swimming Club: England
Name of coach
Rob Aubry [national], GBR
Training Regime
He trains at Cockermouth Sports Centre in England.

General interest

Injuries
He suffered from illness and dehydration during the first two days of the 2016 Invictus Games in Orlando, FL, United States of America. (newsandstar.co.uk, 24 May 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto
“Sport brings back team work and gives you goals and routine which you lose quickly after injury. Swimming makes me feel able-bodied again when I'm in the water." (helpforheroes.org.uk, 12 May 2016)
Other sports
He competed in the 2015 Enduroman Arch to Arc triathlon in France. (helpforheroes.org.uk, 12 May 2016)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, QLD, Australia, and the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (Instagram profile, 2017)
Impairment
In November 2012 he was shot in the legs four times by Taliban soldiers while serving in the British Army in Afghanistan. He was leading a group of 20 soldiers to secure a helicopter landing site in Helmand Province when they came under heavy fire. He has muscle loss and nerve damage in both legs, as well as having permanent fractures in both major bones in his left leg. He has undergone numerous operations and has metal screws and a rod in his legs. (timesandstar.co.uk, 29 Sep 2017; dailymail.co.uk, 25 Apr 2013; helpforheroes.org.uk, 12 May 2016)
Other information
ARMY SERVICE
He served as a corporal in the in the Duke of Lancaster's Regiment of the British Army. (timesandstar.co.uk, 29 Sep 2017)

PREVIOUS ARMY INJURIES
Prior to the injuries sustained on tour in Afghanistan in 2012, he was also injured on a previous tour of Afghanistan in 2010. He was on a routine foot patrol in Helmand Province, when he was shot in the face by insurgents, breaking his jaw. He had to walk two miles back to his base for treatment and was awarded a Certificate of Commendation for bravery following the incident. (dailymail.co.uk, 25 Apr 2013)