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In Person with Kushal Limbu

On Track 4 Success spoke to the inspirational Invictus Games Superstar Kushal Limbu who took home 4 medals at the 2018 Invictus Games in Sydney.

Find out about his motivation and life…

Kushal talk us through your early life and what is was like growing up in Nepal?

I was born in Nepal but I grew up in India as my father was in Indian Army. I moved to India at the age of 5 and lived there with my Mother, father and my younger bother.

As a child what did you want to be when you grew up?

I guess I grew up in a military environment so I always wanted to join the Army.

Did you play sport as a child?

Yes I played many sports. I did well in football in particular. I was a goalie in the team and I managed to play for my school at school nationals twice.

What or who inspired you to join the army? 

Mostly my dad and my uncle who also served in British Army.

Tell us about your training and challenges in being selected as a Gurkha?

I trained really hard to be selected as the tests are very tough at the selection. There was a test where I had to carry a weight (25kg) on the back and walk or run up hill for about 5 km. I found it quite tough as I wasn’t so used to walk on the hills.

Outline your career as a solider? 

I had a short career in Army. I joined the Gurkhas in 2002 but got injured in Afghanistan in 2008. Although I had a short career, I really enjoyed my time and still miss those years.

What made you take up sport?

After my injury in 2008 I started sports as my rehabilitation. I tried several adaptive sports like athletics, sitting volleyball, wheelchair basketball, golf etc. I started believing myself again and I thought that if I train more then I can be competitive too.

How did you get into athletics and did you have any idea how good you was?

I used to watch athletics on TV even before my injury. I was always good at short sprint race. I used to challenge my friends for a race and beat them most of the time.

What is your biggest sporting achievement to date?

Invictus Games in Sydney in 2018 was my biggest sport achievement.

What sports do you or have taken part in? 

I competed in Athletics and sitting volleyball where I won 2 gold and 2 silver.

What is your biggest sporting disappointment?

Missing the qualifying for the London Paralympic in 2012 was surely my biggest disappointment.

How did you overcome this disappointment?

I think from the Invictus games achievements it helped me a lot to forget about it.

Tell us three things that we don’t know about Kushal Limbu?

  1. I can play a guitar.
  2. I can speak 3 different languages very well.
  3. I have a full motorbike licence.

Invictus Games 2018: Kushal Limbu

Kushal was only 25 when he lost both his legs during a tour of Afghanistan.Now he's representing the UK at the Invictus Games.

Posted by BBC Sport on Thursday, 25 October 2018

A big thank you to Kushal for taking the time to speak to us. Find out more about Kushal in the short clip filmed by the BBC in the lead up to the 2018 Invictus Games.

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