40 Veterans and Service Personnel who have suffered life-changing injuries or illnesses will proudly serve their country again in the Warrior Games, a major international sports event.
The team has been selected by Help for Heroes to represent the UK at the 2018 Warrior Games from 1 – 9 June in Colorado Springs. Approximately 265 service members and veterans representing teams from the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard and U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM), as well as the United Kingdom Armed Forces, Canadian Forces and the Australian Defence Force will participate in the competition.
The UK Team, which is supported and delivered by Help for Heroes, will take part in nine adaptive sports: Athletics, Archery, Cycling, Indoor Rowing, Sitting Volleyball, Shooting, Swimming, Powerlifting and Wheelchair Basketball.
Competitor Ian Primmer served in the Royal Logistic Corps and suffers from PTSD and hip pain. Ian, who will compete in cycling, swimming, and shooting, said: “Being able to train and trial for the Games has given me a purpose again, has given me the confidence to take on challenges in my life that I had struggled with for years. As I achieved milestones in my training, things in my life changed in such positive ways and my life is fully unrecognisable in comparison. To actually compete for my country fills me with so much joy and I’m positively dizzy with the possibilities of what will happen out there and the knock-on effects.”
Martin Colclough, Head of Sports Recovery at Help for Heroes said: “We know how important sport is as part of an individual’s recovery, not only does it help physically, sport empowers Veterans and provides huge psychological benefits too including improving self-confidence and self-esteem. The Warrior Games provides the opportunity for these men and women to proudly serve their country again and have a second chance at life. Through these Games, they get to experience being part of a team again, something the military often miss after suffering a life-changing injury or illness.
“The Warrior Games team represents just 40 of our wounded heroes; there are thousands more out there that need our support, for life. We’d encourage anyone who wants to try something new as part of their recovery to get in touch with Help for Heroes, there’s something on offer for everyone.”
Anyone that is wounded, injured or sick military personnel or veteran and in need of support should visit Help for Heroes’ Get Support pages.