David Wiseman: ‘The Man in the Arena’
On Friday 24 November Stamford Endowed Schools hosted the final Foundation Lecture of the Autumn Term: David Wiseman ‘The Man in the Arena’.
David, an ex-army officer who sustained a gunshot wound to the chest in Afghanistan, spoke of his fight through rehabilitation to climbing Everest and competing as Captain of the UK’s 2016 Invictus Games, all with the added effort of a bullet, still residing in his chest.
Wiseman is currently promoting his memoir, ‘Helmand to the Himalayas’, which was published to acclaim in 2015 and details his journey from recovery to an expedition to Mount Everest in 2012 as part of the charity, ‘Walking with the Wounded’.
In his latest step on the road to recovery, David played a key role as Games Co-Ordinator for the inaugural Invictus Games in September 2014, as well as representing the United Kingdom as part of the swimming team, competing then in 2016 as Captain of the UK’s Invictus Games team.
His lecture, an inspiring account of the previous seven years, detailed the continuous fight through physical and mental setbacks to recovery and incredible physical achievement.