Temperatures soared today, as our Team UK competitors took on swimming, powerlifting and sitting volleyball on the Sydney Olympic Park.
Michelle Turner, Vice-Captain of Team UK, started the day with an incredible personal achievement as she conquered her biggest fear by taking to the water in the swimming heats.
A year ago in the Invictus Games Toronto 2017, Michelle collapsed moments before she was due to get into the pool. Determined not to let her heart condition hold her back this year, Michelle triumphed in the pool and is one of 15 swimmers who will be competing in the next stage of competition tomorrow.
In powerlifting, Team UK achieved a fantastic 6 PBs and Jonathan Mitchell picked up the bronze medal.
In the Wheelchair Tennis, Team Unconquered – a combined UK/Dutch team – fought their way to the final. The sun was shining, the crowd was great and the support and team teamwork between Paul and Edwin was inspiring. Their monumental efforts throughout the day were rewarded with the silver medallion and the smiles on their faces said it all.
Finally, in Sitting Volleyball the team beat Poland to secure their place in the final and, in front of a packed audience and all their friends and family, they were incredibly proud to come away with the silver medal.
Our Wheelchair Rugby team were also treated to a visit from 2003 Rugby World Cup Winner, Jason Robinson, who joined their training session today ahead of competition beginning tomorrow. Captain Clive Smith said: “Having Jason there today was fantastic. He was genuinely interested in the sport and getting as involved as he could throughout the session. Having the support of some of the high profile guys is always nice!”
Team UK is delivered through a partnership of Help for Heroes, the MOD and The Royal British Legion.