Scottish weightlifter Micky Yule returns to Birmingham for the Commonwealth Games 12 years after waking from a coma as a double amputee in the city.
Yule will be joined by two-time Commonwealth badminton medalist Kirsty Gilmour, who won silver and bronze in Glasgow and Glasgow respectively, at Thursday’s opening ceremony.
In July 2010, Yule, now 43, stepped on an improvised explosive device (IED) while serving as Search Advisor to the Royal Engineer in Afghanistan, resulting in him losing both legs and suffering a shattered pelvis and a broken arm.
He has had over 40 surgeries since losing his legs and is grateful for the staff at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham who helped save his life.
He said: “It’s a strange feeling. I flew in here from Afghanistan in a coma and then spent eight weeks getting patches and surgeries, sometimes coming pretty close to having it all go wrong.
“But I’m back. The people at Queen Elizabeth Hospital saved my life.
“It’s not all bad, it’s mixed feelings but on a really positive note coming back here to try and win a medal for his country and be the flag bearer, I think it’s coming full circle where things are 10 years ago.”
Six years after suffering those life-changing injuries, he was selected to compete as a Paralympic powerlifter at Rio 2016.
Since then, Yule has become a bronze medalist at the Tokyo Paralympic Games and won gold and silver respectively at the 2020 and 2021 World Championships, both held in Manchester.
Fast forward to the Commonwealth Games and Yule is hungry to add more medals to his growing collection.
He added: “It’s the first time I’ve turned up unharmed at a Commonwealth game. I had a torn pec and a broken leg, not even minor injuries that you can get over in the day. Touch Wood, I’m ready to go now and we’re ready for a great workout.
“I’m in the best place I’ve ever been. We take the day as it comes, but I look at the medal and that’s all I think about.
“Get a weight that earns a medal, don’t let anyone steal that medal. I was sitting on the bronze seat with the cameras and the last guy comes in and lifts more than you and the camera moves and you pack up and go home and watch him go on the podium and get a medal.
“It’s a bad place and it takes a long time to get over it so I’m hoping that changes here and that’s my mindset and nothing is going to stop it.”
When asked if there were any plans to revisit the hospital, Yule joked, “I only come here for surgeries and exams! Touch wood. I will not go near it for the next 10 days. I will be happy where I am. Anything to do with this hospital will be unplanned, so we don’t need that.”
https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/birmingham-afghanistan-gold-coast-glasgow-scottish-b2132658.html It’s an odd feeling – Micky Yule comes full circle as he returns to Birmingham