The British Armed Forces team, which competed at the Invictus Games whilst being supported by Help for Heroes, will be recognised with an inspirational performance accolade at the 2014 Pride of Britain Awards last night in London.
Help for Heroes trained and supported the team as part of their extensive Sports Recovery Programme. The team was the biggest British military sports team ever assembled from wounded, injured or sick servicemen and women and would have been the 10th largest nation, out of a total of 164 competing nations, at the 2012 summer Paralympic Games in London.
Former and current members of our armed forces came together in London for the Invictus Games, which were championed by Prince Harry. The event captured the imagination of the country as more than 400 competitors from 13 nations demonstrated their incredible determination and strength, using the power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation, and generate a wider understanding and respect for those who serve their country.
Some had lost limbs in Iraq and Afghanistan, others suffered long-term injuries, while many dealt with the day-to-day trauma of mental scars brought on by their service on the front line in conflict zones.
Amongst the British Team was Team Captain Dave Henson who said: “The team have been completely humbled by the level of support shown to us throughout the Invictus journey. To have this experience topped off by a Pride of Britain award is overwhelming. Our thanks go to everyone who has helped us on our way, without whom we wouldn’t be in the position we’re in. Thank you.”
Using the power of sport, the Games were created to inspire people to better themselves, never give up and keep fighting no matter what life threw at them.
The British Armed Forces team was made up of 132 men and women that won a total of 139 medals, topping the Invictus Games medal table.
Britain’s team captains from the Invictus Games will accept the inspirational performance award on behalf of the British Armed Forces Team.
Watch the Pride of Britain Awards on ITV on Tuesday 7th October from 8pm.
It’s been an honour for Help for Heroes to join the British Armed Forces team on their journey to the games, supporting their training and helping them reach their potential. Every one of the 130 strong team who have competed at the Games are heroes, but not all our heroes were at the Invictus Games. It’s amazing to join in the celebrations of those who have made it this far in their recovery, but for some there is still a long road ahead. Not everyone can win medals, but everyone should be given the opportunity to try.
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