A Lance Corporal in the British Army, Corie Mapp lost both legs when his military vehicle ran over an explosive device in Afghanistan in 2010. Among other injuries, he suffered a broken jaw, severed lip and punctured lung. Three years later he was representing Great Britain at the European Championships for sitting volleyball. And, since then, Corie has become a multiple World Cup, World Championship and European Championship medalist in Para Bobsleigh. He had 32 top-tier medals to his name by the end of the 2021/22 sliding season after adding four to his tally last term, including European Championship silver in St Moritz in February.
Corie was born in Barbados 1978. After leaving school at 16, he served with the Royal Barbados Police Force and the Barbados Defence Force Reserves. In 2005, he joined the Household Cavalry and from 2006-2008 he served in London with the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment, becoming the first ever Barbadian to ride on The Queen’s Birthday Parade. In 2008, he was posted as a combat vehicle driver to the Household Cavalry’s armoured reconnaissance regiment in Windsor, the Household Cavalry Regiment, which was deployed to Afghanistan in late 2009. He was unconscious for two weeks but within a month of his injury was starting to walk on prosthetic legs.
Meet Corie Mapp with Humphrey Hawksley for this stunning and uplifting Goldster Purpose, Passion and Grit 12.00 August 29th 2023.