“In 2006, Craig joined the British Army with the intention to serve on the frontline. Joining at a time when the world was in essence ‘on fire’ due to the war on terrorism which would span over a decade long. When Craig joined the Army, The Rifles Regiment hadn’t been formed but by the time Craig was wounded in Afghanistan the Regiment which is now the lead as specialised infantry was the most used Regiment in the whole of the war on terror. Deploying more than any other unit across the globe. These movements took Craig around Europe, Africa, and the Middle East.
Life after the military came at Craig fast. Being wounded he found himself needing multiple surgeries and having to learn a lot of basics again upon leaving the military. Between 2013 and 2015 whilst playing sport and blocking out all the things he had seen and done within the Military Craig attempted suicide three times. In 2015, Craigs attempt was so severe it was an option to hospitalise him within a priory but Craig being the Rifleman he was used this wake-up call to push himself forward. Facing what he describes as a ‘crossroads’ where he could of took his life or use it to move forward, Craig at this point was offered a chance to do horse therapy or sport. Using sport, it would see him climb the heights of the disabled sporting world rapidly, his profile and journey gaining traction. Becoming the first person to be wounded in Afghanistan to represent England in Rugby Union and then heading stateside to represent Team UK as well as mainland Europe.
During this time, Craig began to use his voice for charitable aims working with Scotty’s Little Soldiers, Help For Heroes and The Firefighters charity before a two year stay in Manchester helping Sale Sharks Trust with all the work they were doing alongside Premiership Rugby to transition Soldiers into sport. It was whilst at Sale, Craig won the Community Coach of the year.
Using his experience of being a fighting soldier on the frontline to better the lives of veterans in early 2019, Craig invested into The Veterans Garage and an apartment which would benefit the veterans and emergency services community around The North West. Although in November 2019 Craig began relapsing as he was taking to much on, whilst undergoing treatment for self-harm outlined in his book, he underwent some intense therapy alongside some personal treatments and surgery.
By the end of 2019 early 2020, Craig had helped over 400 veterans, and continued to succeed in sport, heading to Texas and Holland in 2020 to compete before COVID-19 delayed this by a year he aims to keep himself busy and continue to assist the build of the charity organisation and investments. Since 2009, Craig has had over 13 surgeries, speech therapy, intense trauma therapy, suicidal thoughts and attempts but has used every situation to positively impact others around him where he can. Often leaving his personal life to be affected.
Craig has been nationally recognised for his work within disability sport and charity. This recognition as come in form of awards listed below, Recognition in Parliament, invitations to Royal family events such as The Queens garden party where he was part of a special audience with members of The Royal Family, and Trooping of the colour for The Queens birthday. He has also seen the financial backing of various businesses and charities in the form of sponsorship to allow him to continue to make a difference to others whilst recovering himself (These sponsors are highlighted below each page - Thank you to each sponsor for the support and financial backing to continue helping others).
Soldiering On Award 2019 – Sporting Excellence.
Millie Award – 2020 – Overcoming Adversity.
Recognized by Help for Heroes Sport Recovery as a success story 2020.
Gallagher Premiership Rugby Community Coach of the Year – 2018/2019.
Finalist for ‘Inspiration of the year 2019’.