Help for Heroes Beneficiary, Chris Jones, has been selected as the newest Celebrity Team Captain for the Superhero Tri Series competition, which kicks off on August 19 at Dorney Lake.
The Superhero Series is a large adaptive sporting event that throws out restrictive equipment rules and regulations to give total beginners through to elite athletes the chance to find their inner superpower and achieve an inspirational goal. The unique challenges are designed to encourage the everyday Superhero to unite with family and friends to do as much or as little as they wish, with as much or as little support as they need.
Chris, a former Private in the Army Air Corps, was discharged when he was just 25, barely able to walk. He suffered several injuries to multiple limbs after an accident, and now frequently uses walking aids and a wheelchair. More recently, he was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia.
After many years of recovery, Chris credits Help for Heroes for the support and guidance given to him, which ultimately got him to this point in his journey: “Help for Heroes picked me up when I was at my lowest point. They got me access to mental health support, through the South West Veterans Mental Health Trust, and encouraged me to re-engage with the military community. Ultimately that led me to the Invictus Games, an epic experience but also one that reminded me of the sports I truly love, water-based and adrenaline sports, which is what the Superhero Tri Series is all about.”
With support from Help for Heroes at Surf Snowdonia, after a three year long break, Chris had built up the confidence and self-belief to get back into surfing, which encouraged him to apply for a place on the GB team at the World Adaptive Surfing Championships.
The trip was a resounding success in Chris’s eyes; after being selected for Team GB and walking away from the event with a Bronze medal, the world was his oyster: “It was H4H that helped me to realise my potential here, financially I was not in a position to commit, so they funded the entire trip. They really came through for me, especially because it was that competition that led me to the opportunity with Superhero Series!”
Following his Bronze Medal success at the World Champs, Sophia Warner, creator of and driving force behind the Superhero Tri, got in touch to ask if Chris would like to be a Celebrity Team Captain: “Naturally, I jumped at the chance. Lining up against so many successful Paralympic athletes and other adaptive heroes is a huge honour and I’m so excited about this project and all that it entails.”
As a Team Captain, Chris will unite with two competition winners to complete a stage each of the Celebrity Superhero Tri relay (150m swim, 3k bike, 1k push/rush), as well as helping to host the adaptive surf exhibition that’s taking place on the lake.
“I’m so excited, and I’m so appreciative; I couldn't have achieved all this without the awesome support I received, and continue to receive from H4H.”