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Rob Cromey-Hawke

Cowling, North Yorkshire

A former Captain with the Army in the Royal Engineers, Rob 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 and concentration problems, balance and dizziness issues, numbness in his feet and loss of power in his arms and legs, and chronic back pain. 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. He competed in the 2014 Invictus Games and won 2 Gold medals. He said it helped him to achieve remarkable things in both his professional and personal life, including a successful transition out of the Army. Competing in the 2016 Games will enable him to mentor others and create equilibrium in his life in terms of health, sport, work and family.