ESP confirms Micky Yule as Ambassador March 30, 2016 – Posted in: News
Paralympic Athlete, Micky Yule, becomes an ambassador for the UK’s Leading Strength and Power equipment supplier, ESP Fitness.
Micky Yule ‘The Scottish Warrior’ has teamed up with the UK’s leading Strength & Power training equipment supplier, ESP Fitness. Micky has joined the likes of six time Olympic Champion cyclist Sir Chris Hoy and Paralympic Discus Champion Dan Greaves as an ESP athlete ambassador.
Micky lost both his legs after stepping on an IED (mine) in Afghanistan where he served as a staff sergeant with the Royal Engineers in 2010. His love of strength training and fitness soon became an obsession and was the key to reigniting his competitive never give-up spirit that defines Micky. He soon released that he was immensely strong and had the potential to become a world-class Powerlifter. Micky has competed in several world championships over the past 2 years, winning gold at the INVICTUS Games 2015 and Bronze at the 2016 Powerlifting Malaysian World Cup. Micky is also a patron for a number of organisations promoting physical activity in the rehabilitation of disabled war veterans.
ESP CEO, Dr Vern Neville, tells us, “It was a fantastic opportunity to team up with an athlete like Micky. His drive, dedication and charisma is inspirational to everyone he meets and he is a perfect ambassador for the ESP Fitness brand”
Previously a pro athlete himself (America’s Cup sailor), Vern has designed many of the UK’s leading training facilities including, Loughborough University’s Performance Gym, The FA at St Georges Park and Manchester City Football Club, to name a few. Vern’s ability to future proof facilities has created world leading performance environments for athletes in many different sports.
“No athlete, in any sport, should feel that they have limitations in their training. Micky trains in some of the best performance gyms in the country, but facilities don’t always cater for his specific needs as a double amputee. While gyms are typically equipped to be dynamic and functional for the able bodied athlete, they often don’t take into consideration the requirements of disabled users. We are excited to have Micky assist the ESP design team to incorporate inclusive changes in the ESP product range to cater for all user abilities.”
With the lead up to the Paralympic Games in Rio, ESP will custom design strength and power equipment for Micky’s home gym in Southampton to provide him with the best opportunity to develop his full potential.
Micky tells us, “The gains that I’m going to make from this will be massive. Even on a safety level, to have bespoke, accessible and adapted equipment is going to be life changing especially with my training leading up to Rio, then the Common Wealth Games and beyond.”
Micky recently set a BenchPress PB of 192kg at the 2016 Powerlifting Malaysian World Cup and his next major international competition will be the Invictus Games in Orlando on 9th May prior to the Rio Paralympic Games later in the year.