Heroic Royal Marines took part in a Triathlon event at the Commando Training Centre, Royal Marines in Lympstone, Devon today. The event was funded and supported by Help for Heroes, as part of our extensive Sports Recovery Programme, in partnership with the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund, and provided a chance for participants to prove that illness or injury is no barrier to sporting success.
Serving and Veteran Royal Marines, many who have suffered life-changing injuries and illnesses, lined up for the event, including potential competitors for the Invictus Games.
One of the participants was Serving Royal Marine, Louis (25), who was involved in a significant IED blast in Afghanistan. The incident resulted in the loss and injury of many of Louis’ close friends and upon returning to the UK, he was diagnosed with PTSD. Asked why he was taking part today, Louis spoke of the positive impact Sport has had on his mental health;
“Sport has given me motivation and a new sort of challenge whilst being surrounded by the lads who I have served with. I have been able to be a part of some of the fantastic opportunities Help for Heroes has provided like the Warrior Games in Colorado last year, and on-going competitive events like today are a great source of focus.”
Louis joined over 100 British Royal Marines in the event today alongside competitors from the United States Marine Corps (USMC), the Royal Netherlands Marines Corps (RNLMC) and medically discharged Royal Marines Veterans.
The challenge, which was open to individual contestants and teams, was made up of adaptive swimming, cycling and indoor rowing and the competitors had two routes to choose from –totalling just over 15km or 29km.
Talent identification representatives from British Rowing and British Triathlon were on hand to look out for future stars and the importance of recreational sport was showcased to encourage wounded or sick personnel to try something new.
With participants ranging in from 18 to 62, the event saw men take on women and recruits in training take on Veterans, but all competitors battled against the odds to prove there is life beyond injury or illness.
Today’s Triathlon shows that injury and illness does not have to be a barrier to sporting success. We hope the extraordinary achievements of the participants will inspire others to try something new. Help for Heroes is committed to helping them do so, both now and in years to come.
To help support others on their sporting journey, you can donate here or text SPORT to 70900 to donate £5. (You will be charged £5 + your standard network rate. £5 goes directly to Help for Heroes. Telephone helpline: 01494 750500)