Micky Yule is a Scottish-born British powerlifter who made his Paralympic debut at Rio 2016.
Back in 2010 Micky was a Staff Sargent in the Royal Engineers in Afghanistan when he stood on an IED. The blast left him without his left leg and shattered his right leg completely, leaving him in hospital for months while he recovered from his injuries.
During this time Micky decided that once he was fit enough he would carry on training to be a powerlifter, a sport he had competed in before he was injured in Afghanistan. After 46 operations, Micky was able to start his rehabilitation and eventually resume his training, supported by Help for Heroes’ recovery programme.
It wasn’t until Micky went to a Talent Identification Day in Scotland that he found himself on the path towards becoming a professional powerlifter, quickly earning himself a place in the Scottish team before the Commonwealth games in Glasgow in 2014. He was then made captain of the UK powerlifting team competing at the inaugural Invictus Games, an event held for recovering servicemen and women, winning himself a gold medal.
Micky has continued his progression despite more operations, setting a new personal best of 193kg at the IPC Powerlifting European Championships to help secure selection to Rio.
On his Paralympic debut, Micky recorded a best lift of 180kg before failures at 184kg and 187kg, ranking him in 6th place. Gold went to Nigeria’s Paul Kehinde with a world record lift of 218kg.
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