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Saturday 07 April 2018

Invictus Games Trials 2018 - Days One and Two

Posted by: Help For Heroes | Categories: Sports Recovery , Special Events , Beneficiaries

The first two days of the 2018 Invictus Games trials saw hundreds of wounded, injured and sick veterans and service personnel compete for a place on the UK team. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were also in attendance to watch some of the action.

Thursday 5th April was the chance for cyclists to shine. The 100 cyclists in attendance spent the day at the Odd Down Cycling Circuit in Bath, taking part in time trials and criterium races.

Invictus hopeful Simon from Bristol said: "It's amazing to be here and take part in the cycling. When I'm on my bike my mind is quiet, and I don't have to think about anything else. Through training camps and my Invictus journey so far, I've come further with my recovery in the last few weeks than I have in years."

Day two on Friday 6th April was the turn of the athletes, sitting volleyballers and wheelchair rugby players to perform.

At lunchtime, Prince Harry arrived with Meghan Markle to cheer on the hopefuls. The couple watched a shot-put session and saw a 1500m race, before heading indoors to watch some of the sitting volleyball.

Army veteran Danny said: "I had a physical injury in service, but I recovered from that. What I didn't realise until the last couple of years is that my mental health was severely affected, and I've now been diagnosed with PTSD. Invictus is my platform to put my hand up and say I do have mental health issues but I'm working through them. This is my chance to say, 'this is me', and I have Invictus to thank for that."

There are still a couple of busy days left before the trials finish for 2018. Watch this space to see how everyone gets on! 

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