Individual stories from those who benefit from our support.
‘I am incredibly grateful for the funding and support that I have received from my Team Army sponsors. The financial support has enabled me to increase my training schedule and to attend more international qualifying events. In addition to this I have also been fortunate in receiving direct support from several sponsors who collaborated to design and build me a high-tech sit-ski, fine-tuned to my own requirements; this new rig has already enabled me to knock vital milliseconds off my race timings!
Thank you for all the sponsorship support, both financial and physical, which will go a long way towards helping me achieve my goal of representing Great Britain at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.’
Captain Heather Stanning Royal Artillery
Team GB Rower – Olympic Gold Medalist
‘I’m hugely grateful for the support the Army has given me over the last two years in order to achieve an Olympic gold medal. The experience was truly life changing but my military life now beckons and I’m excited to be back with my Regiment and training for a deployment to Afghanistan in 2013. I firmly believe that encouraging soldiers to take part in sports will help them to develop their military skills. Participating in sport encourages characteristics that soldiers need on the front line such as dedication, determination, teamwork, endurance and courage. I am delighted to be an Ambassador for Team Army and fully support their aim to raise funds for Army sports with the aim of promoting excellence, increasing opportunity and enabling recuperation and rehabilitation from operations.’
Mark was blown up by an IED whilst on foot patrol in January 2010 in Helmand Province. He was 19 years old.
“I lost both legs above the knee and had bad shrapnel wounds to my face I also lost my little finger on my left hand and my thumb and the top of my index finger on my right hand.”
Mark never imagined he’d be able to get into any form of motorsport, so when he tried the karts with hand controls and raced against non-injured drivers, he decided this was a sport he wanted to take up competitively.
“Although we’re injured, nothing is holding us back. We’re racing against other drivers on equal terms.”
In 2013 Mark and his team mates have competed in over 45 races, including three 24hr races – the Daytona 24hr, the Le Mans 24hr and the British 24hr.
“I love the buzz that racing gives me. It’s built up my confidence and when I’m behind the wheel it’s a great leveller. I love taking on people on the track and winning.”
Kart racing gives these lads more than just an opportunity to race. It’s had a very positive effect on their self-confidence. Even though Mark is one of the youngest lads in KartForce, he’s been nominated to be the next KartForce Ambassador. He’ll be meeting sponsors and making presentations to audiences keen to hear how he got injured and how motorsport has helped him re-build and re-shape his life.
“I knew a few of the lads involved in racing from before at Headley Court and since joining the team we’ve become great mates. It’s a team sport and we’re all a part of something. It’s not about our injuries… it’s simply about competing on a level playing field – something we’re proving we are great at.”
Founder of KartForce, Dave Player, said, “Mark is one of our top drivers. He’ll soon be progressing to competing in team endurance racing in a Jaguar XF-S – the car that won the 2012 Nurburgring 24hr. None of these opportunities would have been possible if we didn’t have the support of Team Army.”