A team of British wounded service personnel and veterans, supported by H4H today departed the UK for Colorado Springs where they will compete in the US Paralympic Warrior Games.
The Warrior Games, which will be visited by Prince Harry, is a competitive Paralympic sporting event for wounded,injured and sickService personnel and veterans, hosted by the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) and presented by Deloitte.
This will be the second year that we have organised and funded this international sporting opportunity. The squad of 35 UK athletes, who have all been through the life-changing Battle Back programme, will be taking part in friendly competitions against U.S. Service members and veterans at the event which will run from May 11 - 16 2013 in Colorado Springs, USA.
Martin Colclough, Head of Physical Recovery, Help for Heroes said: “We are delighted to once again fund a UK team in such a high profile U.S. event and are looking forward to watching our athletes build on the tremendous successes from last year. Having supported athletes at both a grass-roots and Paralympic level, we know how important physical activity is for encouraging confidence and independence after a life-changing injury or illness.”
The 2013 Games will see approximately 260 US wounded and injured Servicemen and women and veterans competing in seven sports, including; archery, cycling, shooting, swimming, track & field, wheelchair basketball and sitting volleyball.
“We are excited to welcome our friends from overseas, the British Armed Forces, back for a second year of Warrior Games competition,”said Charlie Huebner, chief of Paralympics, USOC. “Our relationship with Help for Heroes that started with the sharing of best practices has grown into a true partnership that has led to the creation of more sport programs and support for our service members and veterans with physical disabilities.”
We would like to thank our supporters Under Armour, who have provided the team’s kit for a heavily discounted rate and Fisher House Foundation who have helped fund the teams flights through theirHero Miles scheme.