They say a split second can change your whole life. For Micky Yule it was a single step…
…It was the 1st July 2010.
A day he’ll never forget.
As a staff sergeant and search advisor in the Royal Engineers, Micky was 6 weeks into his 2nd tour of Afghanistan.
While 90% of the soldiers in Afghanistan were doing their best to avoid them, Micky’s patrol were tasked with finding and destroying the IED’s (Improvised Explosive Devices) laid by the Taliban and make it safer for ground troops.
It was a normal day.
His patrol had around 100 meters to clear when Micky found what he was looking for, only this time he stood on the pressure plate…
As a result of what happened on that day, Micky Yule lost both of his legs and was medically discharged from the army.
Through his strength, courage and unbeatable will to live, the heroic actions of the men in his patrol, the prayers of his friends, family and colleagues, the tireless work of all the medical staff at Queen Elizabeth’s Hospital in Birmingham and at Headley Court, the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Unit in Surrey and the ABF Soldiers Charity, Micky is still on the road to recovery.
Every day has its challenges but he continues to amaze and inspire people with his progress and his achievements.
With help from Help for Heroes and The National Lottery, in 2014 he came 4th in the Paralympic Powerlifting at the Commonwealth Games. Later that year he won Gold at the Invictus Games and came 6th in the Rio 2016 Olympics. He became British Champion in 2017 by setting a new record with a lift of 195kg, he retained the European Championship title with a lift of 177kg in the under 72kg weight division, then retained the British Championship with a lift of 183kg in the under 80kg weight division and came 4th in the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games with a lift of 174kg in the men’s heavyweight division. Since then he placed 4th in the Asian/Oceanic open lifting 178kg in the under 80kg group.
As well as his incredible success as a top-level athlete, Micky consults with and speaks to companies and organisations nationwide. He shares his story to inspire teams and individuals to overcome all of life’s challenges and adversity by setting goals, staying focused and creating an unshakeable will to succeed.