Lamin Manneh, 40, from Manchester, disabled Army veteran and WHILL Powerchair Ambassador for TGA, has returned from the Invictus Games with four winning medals.
Lamin’s final results:
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.
Now back in the UK Lamin reflects on another amazing Invictus experience: “I underestimated how big the Games would be this year, it was unforgettable. Being part of the Invictus spirit makes you feel great. Whenever I play sport or enter competitions I never aim to win, I always enter just to enjoy myself. Winning a medal is always a bonus, winning four is something else. WHILL was very helpful for me throughout the Games, it allowed me to save energy for the events so I could give each sport my all.”
“There was a lot of interest in WHILL from competitors and spectators, I was asked about it many times as it looks so different. Driving around the athletics track, venues, airport and hotel was straightforward and I could spend quality time with my family in the city – we had such a good time in Toronto, everyone was so helpful.”
As Lamin returns to everyday life he will continue to play sitting volleyball and visit the gym on a regular basis. Sport and exercise is important to Lamin and with its proven performance in tackling kerbs and slopes, WHILL will give him dependable independence in and around his home in Manchester. Lamin is already considering his application for the 2018 Invictus Games which will be held in Sydney, Australia.
Daniel Stone, TGA Managing Director, adds: “On behalf of TGA I would like to congratulate Lamin on his quadruple medal success at the Invictus Games – an awe-inspiring effort. Lamin is an exceptional individual and we are proud to be associated with him. We are delighted to see how our WHILL helped Lamin enjoy the Games with complete accessibility and comfort whilst ensuring his energy was saved for the competition. We wish him well with his future sporting success, Lamin is a true champion.”