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Monday 18 April 2022

Invictus Games Highlights - 18th April 2022

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Archery

Day 2 of the archery kicked off with the Team UK supporters out in full force for the Mixed Team Novice Recurve bronze medal final, with Sherry McBain, Stewart Padley and Gwynne Walker up against Canada in a very exciting and intense match. They fought hard and shot well, narrowly losing out by 1 point in the deciding shoot off. A valiant effort by our competitors. So Close!

Next up was the Open Mixed Team Recurve bronze medal final and the cheering from the supporters continued to drown out the other noise! Chaze Melluish, Anthony Booth and Daniel O’Connor were all on top form and could do no wrong, ultimately securing a bronze.

The individual Novice Gold finals started the afternoon matches off, with Sherry McBain up again, making it look easy, smashing it and walking away with a Gold and the crowd went wild. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house.

In the men’s, Stuart Padley went up against France with all but 4 arrows in the yellow circle, shooting an epic blinder. Unfortunately the France were on top form and after a close match walked away with the Gold, earning Stewart a very well deserved silver.

Anthony Booth said on the team: “It’s been great to finally hear the buzzer on the archery field, and for the guys to start achieving their goals.

The team have come together and supported each other through very close and exciting matches. I’m super proud to support them on this journey.” 

A very good day in all for the Team UK archery team!

Stewart Padley, Gwynne Walker and Sherry McBain narrowly missed out on a broze

Stewart Padley, Gwynne Walker and Sherry McBain narrowly missed out on a broze

Athletics

In the final day of Athletics Team UK did not disappoint. Exhibition relays took place first thing on the track with UK performances from a range of mixed and women’s teams. Each of these races got the crowd going and the atmosphere was eclectic in the stadium.

Then it was over to the seated Shot Putt where Charlie Dye and Shane Rossall threw 3kg for the first time after training with the 4kg. They continued with yesterday’s theme of zero training in their newly appointed disciplines, but despite this, they both secured new PBs. Charlie threw 9.74m and Shane got 10.70m leaving them with Bronze and Gold Medals respectively.

Also out on the field, Paul Inman achieved his target of finishing up in 7th place in his discus final. In the Women’s Discus, Denise Kidger and Team UK Captain Rachel Williamson also achieved PBs. 

Back over on the track Mark Cougherty and Dan Phillips have been the winning combination, gaining Team UK some double medal wins. Mark got a hat-trick of Gold medals in the 200m,100m and 400m Wheelchair races. Dan got silver in 100m and Bronze in the 200m and came 4th in the 400m.

Dan Said: “Today has been a brilliant but exhausting day and I’m so proud of seeing my brother, the speed demon Mark Cloughery achieve three golds. It’s been a honour to race alongside him.”

Mark said: “These last two days has been an absolute pleasure and I couldn't ask for a better teammate. In every race we pushed each other along. It’s a  dream to turn up to  my first Invictus Games after being in a racing wheelchair for the last year or so, on and off during the pandemic and have this result.  I’m over the moon.”

In the last of Team UK’s races Sally Renard got Bronze for the 400m and there was a lovely moment when daughters Daisy and Maya and husband Lee joined her on the track for a family hug.

Ben Mccomb came 9th in his Shot Putt final also achieving his Games Goal. 

Team UK Athletics Coach  Ian Young Said: “As a Former Team Uk Competitor, I was deeply honoured when asked to step in and coach the track team after Coach Joe was unfortunately able to be here. What the entire athletics team has achieved has blown me away - 28 personal bests and 16 medals. It’s been a hugely positive step in all of their recoveries including my own.”

Rachel Williamson achieved a personal best

Rachel Williamson achieved a personal best

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