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Introducing Team GB skipper Ian Bishop
Double-amputee Ian Bishop has been an ever-present since the inaugural Simpson Cup in 2012. This year, he leads a strong British team out at the Home of Golf.

1. Tell us who you are outside of the Simpson Cup. How would you describe yourself?
Outside the Simpson Cup I help out with OCF and try to give back what OCF has given to me.

2. Would you be willing to share with us your experiences in the military, and also the events that led to your injury? 
I don't really want to give too much detail on my military injuries. But I served with the 45 Commando Royal Marines in Northern Ireland, Sierra Leone, Iraq and Afghanistan. 

3. How did your involvement with the On Course Foundation begin? 
I became involved with OCF in 2010 after meeting John Simpson at Hasler Company Rehabilitation Centre. Since then I have got my handicap down to 9 from being a beginner, and now I help out with the 3-day events where we get wounded and injured soldiers back into golf, and help provide them with employment in the golf industry.

4. Had you played golf before the On Course Foundation, and the Simpson Cup? Tell us what the game of golf means to you? 
I had played golf for a few years at the age of 14 but then never returned to a course until I was injured at the age of 30. Golf is great for rehab as I get tested walking, and the balance that is needed. It is the only sport I can do without adaptions. I highly recommend it to anyone who has injuries and is wanting to keep up a competitive sport.

5. Tell us about your best moment in the Simpson Cup so far? 
My best moment in the Simpson Cup has to be the team effort at Royal St Georges when we won the cup in atrocious weather conditions. The team spirit and determination of the whole team got us over the line.

6. Lastly, tell us what it means to you to be leading your team out in the Simpson Cup this year? 
Being captain this year is an immense privilege and honour. However, it is the team that makes this event, and we have a very strong team this year and great spirit going into the competition at St Andrews. The team has made it very easy to captain as they are all up for it and know what has to be done - while being great ambassadors for OCF too.

Player to look out for this year: Chris Paterson, our only Scottish player who is used to the conditions and will bring local knowledge.
Teammate with worst fashion sense: Myself. By a mile!
Teammate with best sense of humour: Tony Lownds... A little bit dark so beware!
Favourite sports team: Southampton FC, the Saints.
Childhood Hero: Matt Le Tissier.
Favourite Food: Seafood.
Favourite Drink: Real ale.
Favourite Band: ACDC.