Inspirational athlete and military veteran Luke Wigman is the first speaker to have been confirmed for the Rushcliffe Business Partnership Annual Showcase.

Luke will be speaking on his time with the RAF in Afghanistan and the injuries which led to him later starring in the Invictus Games. He will tell delegates of the pioneering work being progressed at the new Defence and National Rehabilitation Centre (DNRC) at Stanford Hall in the south of the county. The Showcase takes place at the British Geological Survey in Keyworth on November 1 and tickets are still available.

Luke’s military career began in 2008 in the Royal Air Force. During his second tour of Afghanistan he stepped on a hidden device that was about to bring his career to an end.  Luke’s severe injuries left him with complete loss of sensation to his left knee, and very limited movement. This was only regained after multiple operations and years of painstaking physiotherapy and rehabilitation.

In the face of adversity, Luke fought back to become a stronger person, and is now a respected international athlete. He was runner-up in two of the world's most mentally and physically demanding marathons, held at the North Pole and Antarctica, as well as becoming the Volcano Marathon Champion in 2016. He represented his country in the London Invictus Games 2014, winning the 1500m gold medal, and most recently the Orlando Invictus Games 2016, where he retained his 1500m title, as well as bringing home bronze in the 400m.

As well as his sporting achievements, Luke continues to serve his community working for the East Midlands Ambulance Service, and acting as a proud ambassador for the DNRC. 

The DNRC will be one of the world’s best clinical rehabilitation centres. It combines neurological, complex trauma and a full suite of rehabilitative facilities together on one site, bringing benefits that will make it unique in the world.

Luke Wigman