Help for Heroes beneficiaries were out in force at the weekend, winning a total of four medals at British Rowing’s Indoor Rowing Championships at the Lee Valley VeloPark, London.
The competition was fully inclusive and open to all ages and abilities. Entrants were encouraged from across the globe, some participants were seasoned competitors and many had just got started in the sport.
Ex Para-troopers and GB Para rowers, Jordan Beecher and Scott Meenagh both took Silver medals in their respective categories. Jordan competed in the Adaptive Legs & Truck 1km category, finishing in a time of 03:02.8 behind GB Para World Cup Gold medallist Oliver Hester. Scott competed in the Adaptive Trunk & Arms 1km category, and clocked a time of 03:36.2 behind Laurence Whitely in 03:28.5.
Chris Brogan, who also competed at the inaugural Invictus Games, took Bronze in the Adaptive A 1km category in a time of 05:47.6, and Danni Hampson-Carroll took Gold in the Adaptive Rowability Fixed Seat 1km Category.
She tweeted: “Hard work pays off. Big thanks to @H4H_SR @HelpforHeroes .1000m 4.37 over the moon with my time #onwardsandupwards”.
Help for Heroes fielded a group of 13 competitors from a grassroots to performance level – showing the true nature of Sports Recovery, the group included Row2Recovery members.
The event was the largest Para-rowing event to be staged to date, and provided a rare chance for grassroots competitors to row alongside GB team members.
British Rowing state that rowing is impact free and teaches the body to use a full range of movement. Due to the seated position, the ankle, knee, hip, lower back and spine are protected from impact meaning an excellent workout can still be achieved by virtually every cross section of society, young to old and from untrained to fit.
Help for Heroes has been involved with Sports Recovery since 2008, and in the past year alone have offered 300 events across 50 different sports enabling over 2,100 wounded, injured and sick service personnel and veterans to take part in adaptive sports from grassroots through to performance level.
For more information about how Help for Heroes can help if you’re wounded, injured or sick, visit www.helpforheroes.org.uk