A British Team, made up of 40 wounded, injured and sick military competitors have been selected to represent the UK at this year’s Warrior Games.
The team, who are supported by Help for Heroes, will take part in eight adaptive sports: archery, cycling, sitting volleyball, shooting, swimming, track and field, and wheelchair basketball.
RAF Sergeant Pete Lauder has always been an active sportsman, either playing rugby or squash. Following a hip injury which led to surgery, swimming became his new passion and he was offered a place on the UK Warrior Games team having originally applied for the Invictus Games.
He explained: “Swimming has helped massively with my recovery but also given me a new focus in a sport that I can do with my injury. The Invictus Games training camps were an experience I will never forget as I got to meet other individuals and enjoy the military camaraderie that you normally enjoy through sport.
“The Warrior Games are an amazing opportunity, not only to represent my country but to also repay my family, coach and work colleagues who have supported me through these times.
“My goals are to compete well at the Warrior Games, and on return to continue with my training, and to keep pushing myself further making me better prepared and ready to apply for next year’s Invictus Games. “
Martin Colclough, Head of Sports Recovery at Help for Heroes said: “We know how important sport is as part of an individual’s recovery, not only does it help physically, it provides huge psychological benefits too including improving self-confidence and self-esteem. The wellbeing benefits of the Warrior Games provide the opportunity to be part of a team again, something the military often miss after suffering a life-changing injury or illness.”
“The Warrior Games team represents just 40 of our wounded Heroes; there are thousands more out there that need our support as they rebuild their lives. We’d invite anyone who wants to try something new as part of their recovery to get in touch with Help for Heroes; there’s something on offer for everyone.”
The US Warrior Games is about giving wounded, injured and sick Service Personnel and Veterans the chance to take part in sport, alongside their peers, to show themselves, and the rest of the world, that they can. This is about ability, not disability. Every athlete at the Warrior Games has been empowered to compete.
The competitors, who are using sport as a tool for their recovery, will take part in the 2017 Department of Defense (DoD) Warrior Games from 30 June – 8 July in Chicago, Illinois. Approximately 265 wounded, injured and sick, representing teams from the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard and U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM), as well as the United Kingdom Armed Forces and the Australian Defence Force, will participate in the competition.
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