Today is the last day of the Games and we had the majority of the team competing in the pool. Everyone had at least two races and most made it through to the final heats for medals.
First up it was the Men’s 50m Freestyle, double amputee class which saw Charlie Walker and David Henson compete. After a really close race, Charlie took the gold and Dave got silver. The crowd went wild!
After an amazing start, the medals just kept coming! Jon (Frenchie) Le Galloudec secured bronze in the 50m then again in the 100m.
Charlie and Dave smashed it again in the 100m Freestyle and won silver and bronze respectively. Luke Reeson put in a really good effort and was so close to getting the bronze in his category for 50m Freestyle. He was the only one in his race that had a physical injury so he should feel really proud of himself.
Luke Darlington was really close to getting 4th in his race and Joe and Mary both knocked seconds of their personal bests. It’s great to see everyone so buzzing from their achievements.
Stacey helped bring up the total for Team GB by securing a bronze and smashing the backstroke to get silver as did Frenchie who brought us home two bronze medals.
Some of the loudest cheering came when Spider, the only triple amputee in the competition who was taking part in the men’s 50 & 100m races, took to the pool. Due to there being no direct classification for triple amputees, Spider had to choose whether to compete in the double arm amputee class or double leg amputee class. Selecting the double leg amputee class meant he competed against those with both of their arms.
A total of nine additional medals today take us to a total of a staggering 20 medals!!
It has been a totally inspiring and incredible week. It’s been an absolute honour to be a part of it and watch as people achieve above and beyond their expectations. It goes to show how important events like this are for those who are overcoming injury and illness. It has been such a privilege to be a part of this phenomenal event.
Bring on 2014 and the UK Warrior Games!!