In true demonstration of the Invictus spirit, UK Team Invictus Games athlete Luke Sinnott won Gold in his 200m and has vowed to give the medal to the family of David Barnsdale, his former Royal Engineer colleague who died in Afghanistan.
Former Army Captain Luke lost both of his legs in 2010 whilst with the bomb disposal squad, following an explosion in Afghanistan which killed his colleague, David. Luke, who was supported by Help for Heroes as he competed in the Wold Para-Athletics earlier this year, also won Gold in the 400m and silver in the 100m at the Invictus Games in Toronto.
He said: “Winning that race was for David who was sadly killed in Afghanistan. I’ve kept in close contact with his family and I knew that if I won Gold, the medal would be going straight to them as a way to honour him. I still think about him every day and this was one small way to mark my respect.
“It added a little bit of pressure but I was really focused on that medal. As soon as I crossed that line, it was absolute relief. After I had done it, I felt immense pride.”
The UK Team is made up of 90 competitors, all of whom have been trained, selected and developed by Help for Heroes.