Teams from Help for Heroes Recovery Centres battled it out last week to see who had the speed, the strength and the heart to be crowned Phoenix Winter Games champion.
The friendly, albeit competitive, inter-Centre games were held over five days at Tedworth House Recovery Centre and the various participants were put through their paces in a variety of events; Sled Dog Racing, Archery, Sledge Hockey, Clay Pigeon Shooting, Skiing and Curling.
Dominating from the start, the military team from Tedworth House emerged victorious and were presented with the trophy at a Gala dinner on Thursday evening, which marked the end of the Games.
Tristan Cooper, Phoenix Centre Manager at Tedworth House, said the week was a huge success.
He said: “The Games really open the participants’ eyes to what they can do and achieve beyond injury. When the blokes leave the military, they often comment on how it is the camaraderie and sense of family they miss most. The week brings all of that back. The idea behind the Games is to be all-inclusive and to bring together wounded, injured and sick veterans and service personnel where they can re-experience the solidarity and social environment of the military So as well as having distinct physical benefits, the Games are of great benefit to their psychological state.
“The Games were bigger and better than ever before, especially with the addition of Sled Dog racing. Sport is a powerful tool which can really accelerate somebody’s personal recovery journey and that was clearly evident throughout the week.”
Well done Tedworth on your victory!