Here at Help for Heroes, we always seek new ways to inspire, enable and support our country’s wounded to encourage them in whatever it is they have chosen to do.
One such way is through our extensive Sport Recovery Programme, which sees those who have been wounded, injured or sick take part in adaptive sports at all levels.
As part of the programme, we took eight Help for Heroes Athletes to the Sochi Winter Paralympic Games as part of a Paralympic Inspiration Programme.
The aim of the Paralympic Inspiration Programme, which is run by the British Paralympic Association, was to give hopeful Paralympians the chance to discover what happens at a Paralympic games; this is often the athlete’s first step towards becoming a future Paralympian.
The Programme provided both inspiration and education and was designed to help drive a new generation of athletes to aim for Paralympic success.
The Help for Heroes Athletes undertook a tough routine, with lessons about nutrition, media, anti-doping, competition planning and goal setting. Additionally, the athletes were required to keep up with their regular training programmes.
By providing learning opportunities and experience from the Paralympic Games in Sochi 2014, Help for Heroes and the British Paralympic Association hope the programme engaged military athletes, and showed them what can be achieved through sport.
Mick Brennan makes ParalympicsGB
As well as supporting the eight athletes on the Inpsiraton Programme, Help for Heroes are delighted for military athlete, Mick Brennan who was selected as part of ParalympicsGB to represent his country in Skiing
Help for Heroes are proud to have supported Mick on his journey to Sochi by introducing him to skiing during a trip back in 2008 as well as purchasing his first mono-ski. Mick also spent time at the Help for Heroes run Recovery Centre, Tedworth House, whilst recovering from an injury he picked up earlier in the season.
Read more about Mick’s story here.
Jess Baker, our Sports Recovery Communications Manager, wrote a blog about the team’s camp in Sochi - read more here!