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Duncan Slater is best known for being an Afghan veteran who has overcome adversity to raise thousands of pounds for charity, Overall Champion Amplifon Awards for Brave Britons 2021 and awarded highest civic honours a town council can bestow.
Former military sergeant who broke almost every bone in his body and lost both legs in 2009 when the armoured vehicle he was travelling in was struck by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan. After spending five months in hospital he undertook several gruelling challenges including Lands End to John O'Groats, London Marathon, South Pole and Marathon de Sables. Named Overall Champion Amplifon Awards for Brave Britons 2021.
In just under 7 months war veteran Duncan Slater joined Walking With The Wounded as the first double amputee veteran to race to the South Pole and achieve it. Inspired by stories of previous expeditions which have included the North Pole and Everest, Duncan made the British team’s final six from over 300 applications.
In 2009, Sgt Slater, from Scole, suffered life-changing injuries when a rode-side bomb in Helmand Province, Afghanistan struck the armoured vehicle he was travelling in.
In 2016 Duncan faced the Marathon des Sables which consists of six marathons in six days across the Sahara desert covering 250m. He made his first attempt and was the first double leg amputee to take part, he made it to Day 4 when, due to sufficient damage to his legs, had to withdraw from the race. Duncan completed the marathon in 2017 making history as the first double amputee to complete it.
As well as becoming an ambassador for the charity Walking With The Wounded, an organisation which helps and supports veterans reintegrate back into society and find sustainable employment.
Sgt Duncan Slater was presented with the Honorary Freeman of Diss at the town’s annual meeting. Upon receiving the honour, Sgt Slater said it had come as a shock but meant a huge amount to him.
Duncan was named Overall Champion and Against All Odds winner in the Amplifon Awards For Brave Britons 2021.
- Leadership & Teamwork
- Inspiration & Motivation
- Peak Performance
- Adversity, Resilience & Change
- Risk & Uncertainty
- Mental Health & Wellbeing
- Sport & Adventure
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