14th September 2014
AFTER FINISHING HIS THIRD EVENT OF THE INVICTUS GAMES WE SPOKE TO DANISH ATHLETE DENNIS DENCKER.
14 September 2014
After leading Denmark to fifth place in Sitting Volleyball we caught up with team captain Dennis Dencker to discuss the inaugural Invictus Games, presented by Jaguar Land Rover.
The 28-year-old Army private also competed in athletics and road cycling at the Games, winning a silver medal in the 1500m on Thursday.
Private Dencker, who lives in Copenhagen, lost his right foot when stationed at Forward Operating Base Armadillo near Gereshk, Afghanistan, after he stepped on an IED during a patrol.
How have you found competing at the Invictus Games?
It has been absolutely fantastic. There has been a great atmosphere with nice big crowds coming to all the events. To get that support means so much and we are all very grateful to the public for cheering us on. The whole Danish team has been overwhelmed and thank you also to all the volunteers who have made this possible.
How important has sport been in your rehabilitation?
For soldiers it means a lot to be active and for me I always looked to be active before my injury. Suddenly you are put in a position where you can’t be active like you once were and you wonder what you can do. But sport provides you with the opportunity to compete again and events like these Invictus Games are fantastic in helping us. Now I go running almost every day back home and it allows me to just take my mind off everything.
What has been your favourite moments of the Invictus Games so far?
It would probably have to be winning the silver medal in the 1500m on Thursday as it was a fantastic experience. And I also played in the celebrity wheelchair rugby match which was incredible. I was on the winning team and it was great to play on the same court as Prince Harry. He was so down to Earth and he’s a fantastic guy. It’s fantastic to see what he has done and I am so thankful to him for putting on these games.
Would you like to see the Invictus Games return again in the future?
Of course I would. They have been amazing and I think they will also inspire smaller events in the countries that have been competing. Back home we have a lot of injured servicemen and women who aren’t here so they could try them and maybe come to the Invictus Games in the future. The media has talked a lot about injured soldiers in Denmark but these Games are a fantastic way to show there is a way to begin a new life.
What are your plans for after the Games?
I will take things day by day with my sports and see how things go – maybe I will be back competing here again but we will have to see. I want to become a social worker at some point in the future and help with soldiers who are suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.