Sunday, June 12, 2016

Amputee Marine Became Prince Harry's Heroine

'Prince Harry understands the struggles I’ve been through': US Marine dubbed 'Harry’s heroine' reveals how losing her leg has given her more determination than ever
Daily Mail UK
By JANE MULKERRINS
11 June 2016

When US Marine KIRSTIE ENNIS’s military career ended in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan, it turned out to be the beginning of an extraordinary story

‘I hate the word “disabled. I think anybody can do whatever they want. You just have to figure out where your niche is. I would rather choke on greatness than nibble on mediocrity." Kirstie Ennis
Kirstie today at her home in California

I’m probably a touch crazy, but I don’t like to sit still,’ says Kirstie Ennis, with spectacular understatement. The 25-year-old recently returned from a week in the wilds of western Canada where she was volunteering on a camp for wounded military veterans, hunting and fishing in the great outdoors.

Before that she was at the Invictus Games in Florida. An operation meant she was unable to compete as planned (in the swimming, cycling and rowing events), but she went to support the other athletes – and the founder of the Games, Prince Harry, whom she got to know while doing a 1,000-mile charity walk across the UK last autumn.

She’s currently preparing to climb Carstensz Pyramid in Indonesia – the highest point in Oceania – while also honing her snowboarding skills, hoping to qualify for the Winter Olympics in 2018. 

All of which means she can be a tricky woman to get hold of. When I finally catch up with her, she’s in Boston, working alongside Mark Wahlberg and Kevin Bacon as a stuntwoman in Patriots Day, a film about the 2013 Boston bombings.