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Paralympian Terry Byrne
Paralympian Terry Byrne
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A WAR veteran and paralympian is helping to launch a pioneering project to boost recession hit businesses.

Former Millfield High pupil, Terry Byrne, 28, is one of a group of injured servicemen who are to bring their skills and expertise to inspire business leaders at a major event at Lancashire Cricket Ground next month.

Following on from that they will take on the commercial sector with their own consultancy and motivational speaking company, teaching workers how to overcome adversity, face fear, work leaner and be more disciplined.

Terry said: “I’ve done motivational speaking for banks and the event is an opportunity that has arisen, I try and take them, it is something new for me and if I can inspire people a little bit then it will be worth it. Businesses can learn a lot from injured servicemen.

“It’s about overcoming adversity when faced with challenge and dealing with changes, I lost a leg and had to change my lifestyle.

“If someone has the skills to offer which can improve a business it doesn’t matter whether they are able bodied or not.”

He will be telling his story at Frontline – An Evening of Inspiration, on March 13.

The idea is the brainchild of Martin Hewitt, a Captain in the Parachute Regiment who lost the use of his arm after he was shot in the shoulder while patrolling in Afghanistan in 2007.

He was part of the heroic Walking with the Wounded team, which trekked to the North Pole with Prince Harry in 2011. He now runs his own business consultancy, Fieri.

Terry was a section commander in Helmand Province. He was injured on August 13, 2008 when was on night patrol and stepped in an IED which exploded.

He said: “It was one of those things, it is a risk you take. I was 24 and had been in the army since I was 17. We lost quite a few people out there, I only lost a leg.”

After recovering in hospital he surprised doctors with his determination to walk again and borrowed a prosthetic limb to try out cycling. Terry won gold in the mixed team sprint at the 2011 World Championships. He joined Team GB but narrowly missed the cut for the London 2012 team.

He said: “Businesses can learn a lot from injured servicemen. It’s about overcoming adversity.

“If someone has the skills to offer which can improve a business it doesn’t matter whether they are able bodied or not.”

Tickets are available from www.fieri.biz/leadership/motivational-talks/tickets/

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