Help for Heroes are once again taking a team to represent the United Kingdom at the Warrior Games in the United States. The 2019 competition takes place in Tampa, Florida from 21st to 30th June.
The Department of Defense (DoD) Warrior Games were created in 2010 and designed to introduce wounded, injured and sick service personnel and veterans to competitive sports. The U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) will host the 2019 Warrior Games.
Competing against SOCOM will be teams from the United States Army, Marine Corps, Navy and Air Force, as well as athletes from the Australian Defence Force, Canadian Armed Forces and the UK team.
Help for Heroes is training, developing, selecting and delivering the UK team for the 2019 Warrior Games; competing against approximately 300 competitors.
The Games will feature 14 adaptive sports: archery, cycling, time-trial cycling, shooting, sitting volleyball, swimming, track, field, wheelchair basketball, indoor rowing, powerlifting, golf, wheelchair tennis and wheelchair rugby. The latter three sports for the first time in Warrior Games history.
3 staff are former competitors who have since taken coaching qualifications to enable them to support Warrior Games.
Martin Colclough, Head of Sports Recovery at Help for Heroes, said: “We know how important sport or physical activity can be in an individual’s recovery. Not only does it help physically but it can provide huge mental health benefits too including improving self-confidence and self-esteem. The Warrior Games provides our veterans the opportunity to be part of a team again, something the military often miss after suffering a life-changing injury or illness. It’s great that this year we have 3 former competitors who have since taken coaching qualifications to enable them to support their peers in their recovery journey. Their insight will be so valuable for the competitors this year”.
He continued: “The Warrior Games team represents just 20 of our wounded heroes; there are thousands more out there that need our support as they rebuild their lives. With seven people a day being medically discharged from the Armed Forces the need is growing. We’d
invite anyone who wants to try something new as part of their recovery to get in touch with Help for Heroes. It’s not just about competing in sports at an elite level. Through our local Recovery Centres, we can offer grassroots activities, such as walking football, and access to nutrition, sleep hygiene and physical activity advice.”
Watch all the action unfold HERE and catch highlights from the Games on our social media channels.