Veterans battle for glory at Phoenix Games

Veterans battle for glory at Phoenix Games

Competition was rife at Phoenix House Recovery Centre last week as teams from across the country battled it out in the Help for Heroes inter-Centre games.

The Phoenix Games was held at the Catterick-based Centre for the third year.

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Team South, made up of a mixture of participants from Tedworth House in Tidworth and Chavasse VC House in Colchester, managed to take the trophy from Phoenix House for the first time in the tournament’s history.

The teams, made up of wounded, injured and sick servicemen, women and veterans, were put through their paces in a variety of events, including a push-to-the-limits gym challenge, seated volleyball, quiz, archery and swimming gala.

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The competition really came to a head with a day spent at Ellerton Lake, where the teams had to build a raft to compete in a water treasure hunt.

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Mo Usman, Head of Recovery North, said it was a close run competition between the teams.

He said:  “A massive congratulations to the combined Tedworth House and Chavasse VC Team for powering through to a winning position – very well deserved.

“The event has brought to the forefront the importance of the power and positivity of participation in sporting activities.  Now we need to prepare for the Winter Games at Tedworth and bring the trophy back to Catterick!”

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Among the participants was Anna Pollock, 33, who lives in Catterick. 

She suffered a bleed on her spine resulting in nerve damage, which left her relying heavily on the use of a wheelchair.

Concentrating on sport has helped Anna, an RAF veteran, stay positive.

“It definitely gives me confidence and makes you feel strong and happy,” she said.

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