Help for Heroes athletes join initiative to inspire paralympians of the future

Friday 21 February 2014

Help for Heroes are enabling eight athletes to experience a Paralympic Games as part of the BPA’s Paralympic Inspiration Programme in Sochi.

Today, at Tedworth House Recovery Centre in Wiltshire, Help for Heroes announced they are supporting eight athletes to enable them to be part of the Paralympic Inspiration Programme, which will attend the Sochi Winter Paralympic Games in March.

The aim of the Paralympic Inspiration Programme, which is run by the British Paralympic Association, is to give aspiring Paralympians the opportunity to experience the unique environment of the Games.  Help for Heroes are thrilled to provide the opportunity for a cohort of wounded, injured and sick military personnel and veterans, who are currently participating in sport programmes, to be part of the Paralympic Inspiration Programme – the first time that this number of wounded servicemen and women have been included in the BPA’s programme. This has been made possible through their partnership with the BPA, who are committed to introducing military personnel and veterans to opportunities in Paralympic sport.

Martin Colclough, Head of Sports Recovery at Help for Heroes, said: “We are delighted to have the opportunity to be involved with such a unique initiative to enable our country’s wounded to experience the spirit of the winter Paralympics at Sochi, thanks to our partners at the British Paralympic Association. It is our hope that this experience will inspire our PiP Athletes to dedicate themselves to their training in order to achieve their dreams of competing in future Summer or Winter Paralympic Games.

“A Paralympic athlete that Help for Heroes have supported, is Jon-Allan Butterworth who was given the opportunity to attend a H4H funded Paralympic Sports camp in San Diego in 2008. He then went on to win three silver medals at the London 2012 Games; clearly these inspiration programmes work, and achieve great results. We can’t wait to see what heights our new PiP athletes achieve in the future.”

Penny Briscoe, Chef de Mission of ParalympicsGB at Sochi 2014, said:  “Our work with Help for Heroes is not only about supporting potential future Paralympians, it is about encouraging wounded, sick and injured personnel to consider sport in their future. So for these nine Help for Heroes participants, I hope that their experience in Sochi will inspire them to pursue their sporting dream, whatever that may be.”

If you feel inspired by these amazing guys and want to do your bit, just text "HERO" to 70900 to donate £5.

(100% of the £5 comes to H4H (you will be charged £5 plus your standard network rate)


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