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Paralympic Games

Sport plays a big role in many of our veteran's recovery journeys. Sport is powerful in helping heal both physical and mental wounds, and gives a sense of camaraderie that many miss when their military career comes to an end. 

Some of our veterans go on to be elite military athletes, and we feel great pride when they compete for their country.

Taking part in sport at a higher level could be your chance to represent your country once more.

We work with partners to find the best talent in many Paralympic and non-Paralympic sports.

If you show a talent for a sport, you could be nominated by the National Governing Body (NGB) to be a part of the Help for Heroes Athlete Academy. The Academy will give you access to a tailored package of support, which might include grant funding for specialist equipment, links to world-class coaches and access to sports science and medicine support.

“Not a lot of people can go back to active service after injury, to go back out there and fight for your country. So this is like another way to fight for your country. It’s an honour to represent my country again in the sporting arena.

I can’t go back to the military but I can do this! Sport has replaced that longing to belong to something, it did replace the military.”

- Jon-Allan Butterworth, Paralympian and veteran

previous help for heroes athletes include


JJ is a former Royal Marines Commando and Invictus gold medallist turned TV presenter. He was injured in a bomb blast in Afghanistan in 2011. JJ presented Channel 4's coverage of the summer Paralympics in Rio 2016, and the Olympics and Paralympics in Tokyo 2021. Read JJ's Story


Dave Henson competed in the Rio 2016 Paralympics and won a bronze medal in the 200m sprint.


Jon Allan competed in  the Rio 2016 and London 2012 Paralympics, and won gold and silver in para-cycling, respectively.


Micky was part of Team GB at the Rio 2016, and will be representing Great Britain once more in Tokyo.


Jaco Van Gass is taking the Paralympics by storm as part of Team GB at Tokyo 2020. He has already won gold.


Stuart makes his Paralympic debut this year in wheelchair rugby, as part of Team GB at Tokyo 2020.


Jo Butterfield won gold with a record-breaking club throw in Rio 2016, and this year represent GB once more in Tokyo.


Nick Beighton competed in the Rio 2016 Paralympics and won a bronze medal in the Canoe K1 200m KL2 event.


Terry Aherns competed in both biathlon and cross-country skiing at the 1998 Paralympic Winter Games in Nagano, Japan


First British male in 20 years to represent Britain in para-Nordic skiing at the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Paralympics.


Double amputee Derek was selected to represent Team GB in the F57/58 siscus at the London 2012 Paralympics.


Phil competed in the Paralympic Games in Rio 2016, representing Team Ireland in shooting, and will represent them once more in Tokyo 2020.


Joe carried the Paralympic Flame into the London 2012 stadium and represented Team GB in the triathlon in Rio 2016. 


Mick Brennan made his Winter Paralympic debut in Sochi 2014 in three skiing disciplines; super-G, slalom and giant slalom.