Masters of Fate and Captains of Soul:
The Invictus Spotlight: Retired Lt. Steven Simmons
It's day one of Invictus Games 2016. The track is already busy with hundreds of people. Athletes take the track on bikes of different varieties, each tailored for that service member and their disability.
His Navy career cut short by a spinal cord injury, Simmons climbed out of depression and strengthened his relationship with his family through adaptive sports.
According to Simmons, having the opportunity to proudly represent the Navy and his great nation and feel the bonds of brotherhood once more is the driving force for his desire to compete.
I compete to inspire other wounded veterans and other individuals who deal with serious injuries or illness. There is hope and you are not defined by your disability. It means you find a new way to do the things you love." Steve Simmons