Team UK and everyone at the Invictus Games in Sydney played witness to a very special moment at the athletics event today. Four people were lined up for Naomi Adie’s race but American Brandi Evans was planning to pull out due to an injury, which would have meant only gold and silver would be awarded.
Brandi wanted Naomi to be able to get a medal for her daughter’s sake, so she raced. As the faster competitor, Brandi then waited for Naomi and let her cross the line first to scoop bronze. Both were in tears at end of race and Naomi described Brandi as an "extra member of the Adie family". Naomi went on to win two more medals in individual and relay races.
Across the last two days of athletics, the team have achieved a phenomenal 46 personal bests! The team spirit, determination, sheer effort and friendship has been incredible.
It was an amazing moment when both Team UK’s male and female relay teams secured a medal, defying their expectations and ensuring an emotional end to the day.
The atmosphere at the archery was tense but the team persevered and came away with a fantastic bronze medal in the team event for Scott Mcneice, Poppy Pawsey and Jenny Collins, and individual gold for Jenny. Seven of the team secured personal bests to add to their achievements.
In basketball, the team secured their place in the semi-final after their pool games. As the last sport running of the Games, Team UK are looking forward to hopefully cheering them into the final.
A massive boost for the team came in the form of a surprise visit from David Beckham and his sons Romeo and Cruz. He chatted with competitors about the Games, their personal challenges and achievements and showed his support for Team UK.
David was met by Jayne Kavanagh, of Help for Heroes and Chef de Mission for Team UK to the Invictus Games Sydney 2018. She said “Team UK and the Invictus Games are about providing our wounded and their families with a springboard for their recovery, through the power of sport. To have the support of David Beckham and his family is a great boost to all our guys and girls.”
Team UK is delivered through a partnership of Help for Heroes, the Ministry of Defence and The Royal British Legion.