Rob Cromey-Hawke - INSPIRE
A former Captain with the Army in the Royal Engineers, Rob, 32, was injured during his second tour of Afghanistan in 2012 after the vehicle he was traveling in drove over an Improvised Explosive Device. He sustained a traumatic brain injury, back and spinal injuries and hearing loss. These injuries have left him with memory, concentration and balance problems, dizziness, light sensitivity issues and chronic back pain. He also requires the use of hearing aids.
A keen triathlete, Help for Heroes has facilitated Rob’s return to sport by providing a grant to help him fund a high-performance recumbent trike as well as a racing wheelchair. After his injury, Rob was convinced he wouldn’t be able to take part in competitive sports again but credits Help for Heroes staff for showing him there is life after injury. Rob continues to take on more and more challenges which last year included the Cotswold 113 triathlon and Ironman UK ahead of his triumphant Invictus Games debut as part of the British Armed Forces Cycling and Swimming teams. There he won two gold medals and set personal best times. He competed in the Warrior Games in 2015 winning five gold medals and also captained the British Armed Forces team.
Rob regularly visits the Help for Heroes Phoenix House Recovery Centre, where he has taken part in a number of courses which have helped him secure his current role delivering leadership and professional development, following his medical discharge from the Army in February 2015. Rob has also worked closely with Headway UK to launch a branch to support service personnel and veterans with a brain injury. Rob now chairs the Headway Forces Support Group.