Micky Yule - true inspiration
Micky Yule is a former Staff Sergeant in the Royal Engineers, who was injured, losing both legs and various other injuries, in an IED explosion in 2010. A former Army and National powerlifter, he used his love of the sport to get him through his long rehabilitation process and push him to become the best athlete he can be.
Micky has recently competed at the Invictus Games, securing the first UK Gold medal, and has fought his way into the top 8 world ranked para-powerlifters to secure his place at Rio in September.
Micky's presentations can be tailored to the audience, however typical talks are:
• Overcoming adversity
• Goal setting and motivation
• Team work
Book Micky Yule - his story will amaze and inspire
On 1st July 2010 Staff Sergeant Micky Yule, Search Advisor for The Royal Engineers, stepped on an IED. Micky immediately lost his left leg and shattered his right leg completely.
He was evacuated back to Camp Bastion, where his right leg was removed before being repatriated to The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham. Micky was in a coma for a week before being brought back to consciousness to face life as a double amputee with a broken pelvis among other various injuries.
The coming weeks were spent in various operations, In total Micky has endured over 45 operations to date to get him back to health before transferring to Headley Court to start the long rehabilitation process.
Whilst at Headley he gradually regained his strength and learnt how to walk again with the use of prosthetic legs. The struggle to learn to walk was matched by his sheer determination to get strong again, even though he knew he couldn't compete as he had previously.
Micky had always been a fit, strong individual and over the previous 2-3 years, had started competing in Powerlifting events. He had competed in National and World competitions as a Powerlifter, competing in all 3 disciplines.
Seeing an opportunity, Micky learned of a Paralympic Potential Day which included Powerlifting as a descipline. Although he was still weak from recent operations and not being able to train since injury, he lifted everything they had. Unfortunately for some reason it did not go any further than that day. Micky was left bitterly disappointed, but it gave him the determination to carry on.
Micky learned of a Talent Identification Day being held in Scotland. That day proved to be the start of the new road for Micky.
One of Micky’s most important achievements to date is competing in the Commonwealth Games in his home nation of Scotland, the only injured servicemen to even qualify from the 4 home nations, He finished 4th and felt such a sense of pride to be there with his fellow countrymen.
Shortly after, were the inaugural Invictus Games, where Micky was a Captain of the Powerlifting Team. He won a coveted Gold medal, and was incredibly proud to be a member of the winning British Armed Forces Team. The Invictus Team went on to win the Helen Rollason Award for overcoming adversity at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards, to which he was grateful to be invited to as a Captain of the Powerlifting.
This year is one of the most important years of Micky's life, with 3 qualifiers to get selected for the Paralympics and Rio, it’s going to be tough but this is what he has been working so hard for.
Micky’s story will inspire everyone
“We invited Micky to be a special guest speaker at our latest sales and marketing conference in July 2015. Micky was a fantastic guest speaker. His story is one of incredible strength, bravery and achievement at all costs and one which touched the hearts and minds of the audience. Micky is someone that when he talks, everyone listens and everyone is engrossed in what he is saying. He talked us all through the great things in his life and how the armed forces helped shape his outlook on life, the life changing event that has created fresh challenges and how he has been able to overcome these challenges and push himself to new heights and new limits. Micky is a true inspiration and his story deeply inspires members of the audience to think differently about their various challenges and what they would like to overcome in the lives ahead, whatever the context. We loved hearing from Micky, one of the most humble, down to earth and family orientated men you could meet. We'd definitely have him back in the future, potentially when he's sporting an Olympic gold medal that he's currently training towards. Good luck Micky from all of the Team here.”
Alex Murphy, Weetabix Food Company
“Micky is an inspiration to everyone he meets, engaging, honest, down to earth and very matter of fact about what has happened to him. He gives the audience an insight into how sport has, and is changing his life. You could have heard a pin drop during his talk. He can connect with students and adults alike and really gets across to the audience his passion. Students and parents were queuing to chat with Micky afterwards and he spoke to them all. The feedback the Academy received from parents after the award ceremony sang nothing but his praises. Inspirational”.
Zak Needham, Outdoor Pursuits Instructor, Samworth Church Academy
“Micky Yule is a truly inspirational and impressive individual. In ABF The Soldiers’ Charity we rate him as one of our best Ambassadors; he has proved to be a most accomplished speaker at many different and high profile fundraising events, ranging from a No10 reception, corporate partnership dinners, and media launch events. He is much in demand; he has real presence, an engaging yet modest speaking style and brings to bear a healthy dose of soldier humour. On his road to recovery from being blown-up in Afghanistan, his immense success with competitive powerlifting at an international level is testament to his incredible motivation to succeed. I recommend him most highly. “
Brigadier Robin Bacon, ABF The Soldiers’ Charity
"It is an ongoing privilege to work with Micky Yule in his role as a leading Paralympian for Team GB and Ambassador for the 2016 Alliance Trust Cateran Yomp. Micky has presented to Alliance Trust staff and guests on a number of occasions and every time the response has been overwhelmingly positive.
Micky’s talks are enthralling and inspiring and a sharp reminder of what we are all capable of achieving even in the toughest of circumstances."
Katherine Garrett-Cox, Chief Executive, Alliance Trust Investments