14th September 2014
AUSTRALIAN SWIMMER AND CYCLIST ADRIAN TALBOT OVERWHELMED BY HIS TIME AT THE INVICTUS GAMES
14 September 2014
Australia's Adrian Talbot says he is lost for words after competing at the Invictus Games, presented by Jaguar Land Rover.
Talbot competed in the IRB3 road bike time trial and road race cycling events on Saturday but it was in the pool that he really shone.
The 34-year-old claimed two gold medals at the London Aquatics Centre in the ISD 50m freestyle and breaststroke races.
Talbot was diagnosed with osteoarthritis in 2009 and medically discharged from the British Royal Marines but says that sport has given him a new lease of life.
“I was a swimmer as a youngster and represented New South Wales,” he said.
“I swam and got into cross-training and tennis but it wasn’t proving fruitful enough in the money stakes so I went into the army.
“I don’t know if you can put it into words what it's been like to compete here.
“It has just been phenomenal. I think Great Britain is brilliant in assisting their soldiers. They do a really good job of it. Hopefully it helps when we get back home and it builds the profile.
“It would be phenomenal to have an Australian version. I don’t know if we’ll be able to replicate it but we’d give it a good nudge!
“I mean look at it, an Olympic venue, the crowd and the public are responding and have been overwhelmingly supportive.”
After his exploits in the pool Talbot says he has learned something about himself and is sure sport will continue to play a major role in his life.
“I was injured playing tennis, of all things and then I was diagnosed with osteoarthritis in my left and right hip. I underwent six surgical procedures to try and salvage my joints," he added.
“I was deployed to Afghanistan in 2006 and I recently found out that from that I had some post traumatic stress issues.
“Sport played a pretty big part in my rehab and this event has made me realise I still have that competitive streak in me and I’d like to continue and see where it takes me.
“It has given me that extra nudge to want to continue to compete again. I was in a dark place and was feeling sorry for myself. But then you come here and you see what the guys and girls are doing, it’s just awe-inspiring.”