Being so far away from home has been tough for some of the British Armed Forces team who are missing their loved ones. These are the people who are supporting them day in day out without fail. Some of the families have been sending messages of support for us to share.
Adam Nixon was a gunner in the Army. He is competing in Wheelchair Basketball, Sitting Volleyball, Swimming and Athletics.
Children Abi 12, Jayden 9, Izzy 6 and Lilyana 4 sent him this message:
Adam’s wife Taryn said: “Adam has always lived for sport, but after getting injured, it was something he thought he'd never participate in again.
“Being given the opportunity by Help for Heroes to take part in the Invictus and Warrior Games, he has literally been given his life back. He now has the drive, passion and ambition of the man I fell in love with 15 years ago. As a family we support him 100 per cent and he will always be our hero.”
Julie Martin-Davy got a surprise when husband Mark sent her a love note during his cycling medal ceremony. He had written ‘I love you Julie’ on the flag he took on the podium with him.
Julie commented: “I'm very proud of Mark for competing in the Warrior Games. We have had to endure so much since his injury. It is great that he has found something to give him some focus again. I miss him lots and I just hope he packs the flag to bring home so I can frame it!”
Irene Hutchison has the following to say about Danny who competed in wheelchair basketball, cycling and field athletics, winning a bronze medal in shot put.
“We are so so proud of the efforts he (and everyone else over there) has made and will continue to make over the rest of their stay in the competition To know that he is going through this whole experience will not only help with the path to recovery he is on just now in the Games, but also will help all of us when he returns safe.”
“I miss my husband terribly, I am so proud of him. He overcomes any obstacle put in front of him with determination and strength.
“Tell him I love him, tell him I am so so so proud of him. And lastly, to the whole support team, thank you.”
Craig Winspear competed in the Wheelchair Basketball and is currently playing Sitting Volleyball.
His partner Hayley commented: “It’s been fantastic so far to be able to share the games with the British Armed Forces through Defense TV. It’s like we are there with you all. Craig Winspear you are amazing and we are all very proud of you, such a shame on the basketball court, but you all played so well and there were only a few points in it at the end! Be proud, as we are of all of you, here at home.
“Good luck to everyone competing in team and individual sports…go get them!”
Sinking the Navy
The Sitting Volleyball round robin competition ran for a 12 hour stint today with each of the six teams taking part in five games. It was the best of three sets, with 25 points needed to claim set one and two, and 15 needed in the third set.
The British Armed Forces team put on a good show but only managed to secure one. Positions from the seeding matches and opponents are yet to be announced.
The opening match against the US Marines saw the strong team claim victory in two sets not leaving enough of a chance for the British team to fight back. It was a different story in the next match against SOCOM, with the teams tying one set apiece and taking it into a third. SOCOM just made the 25 points first to our 19.
The Army managed to break away from the British team in round three claiming two sets for the win eight and nine points ahead of their opponents. Some hope was reignited in the fourth round match when the British team took an early lead but the Air Force started to come back and the score was soon tied at 10-10. The teams were level pegging at 21 until the Air Force broke away to claim the first set. The Air Force didn’t wait to build on their first set win and flew through the second set with the British team chasing. The game finished with a win to the Air Force and British Armed Forces yet to claim a point.
Time to regroup appeared to give the British team a fresh start as they set out in the final match against the Navy with obvious determination. The pace of the first set was fast with the Navy trying to keep up but this time it was all about the British Armed Forces who made it to 25 and the set leaving their opponents trailing on 18.
Building on their success, our team threw themselves into set 2 leaving the Navy behind. The score was soon 20-7. The Navy tried to make a comeback but they were already sinking, with the British team making it to 25 and taking the match.
Call it retribution, but that one win was enough to feel like all five matches had been won. The team have the chance of making the semi-final if they win their playoff game on Friday.
Medals, medals and more medals
The field athletes received their medals this evening for the shot put and discus events claiming 13 in total with a full range of gold, silver and bronze!