As part of a British Weight Lifting training camp held at Tedworth House this week, two of our guys Sgt Micky Yule and Rifleman Mike Swain along with several GB Paralympic Power Lifters were treated to a visit to Bath Rugby's beautiful Farleigh House training ground to watch the first team play and get some training done in a different environment.
H4H has had a relationship with Bath Rugby for the past 16 months, with our blokes going across to train with them as well as their guys coming over to use the facilities at Tedworth House. The connection with British Weight Lifting is also one that has been developing over the past year - this is the third training camp they have held at Tedworth house - and Sgt Micky Yule, who stepped on an IED in 2010 losing both of his legs, is currently ranked 5th in the world for powerlifting in the 72kg category and he won the National Powerlifting Championships in June.
Micky said: “It’s really inspirational to watch the Bath Rugby team training out on the pitch and it’s great for us to get some work done in their gym too. They have a very similar attitude to training as we do so I think we feed off of each other’s drive and energy.”
Stuart Hooper, Bath Rugby Club captain, added: “It’s inspiring to see the ambition and determination the wounded soldiers have. As individual players and as a squad on the whole, there is a huge amount we can learn from them, and have already learnt over the course of their visits. I know they will do all they can to achieve their individual goals, and hope to see them in action for Team GB come the next Paralympics.”
The importance of sport for both physical and mental recovery cannot be underestimated and Help for Heroes have offered 1881 individuals financial support for sports recovery at an average rate of 60 cases per month. There has also been an 80% increase in wounded veterans and service personnel taking up sport since the London 2012 Paralympics.
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