Blog post written by Anna Boggi, UK Team Manager
The field events have been incredible; everyone has gone above and beyond any expectation they had. Everyone PB’d and for some people this was the first time they had done the field events.
John Dixon is at the Games as a UK athlete but is a Throws Coach back in the UK. John gave up some of his practice time to help the others with their techniques, which helped some of them throw further than they had done before.
Sarah McJury had an amazing day at the competition and picked up two Golds. When asked to reflect on her time here, Sarah said: ‘Warrior Games has been an eye opener for Sports Recovery. I have seen things here that I wouldn’t have believed to be true. The focus and the strength of people is just infectious. I will remember these two weeks forever and I now want to continue competing and recovering.’
Darren Young picked up the Gold for discus in his category and Jennie Lett scooped the Bronze in her event.
The day was hot and humid and the team were starting to feel the Games fatigue kick in, but they all carried on cheering and encouraging everyone competing. The best thing about the Warrior Games is that we don’t just cheer the UK Team, the Army Team don’t just cheer the Army Team - we all cheer for each other.
Laura Fermor and Alan White picked up the Golds in their category for Shot Put. Maria-Theresa Miles won the Bronze in her category for Standing Discus and the whole team whooped and cheered her, we could all see on her face how much this meant to her and her team mates.
Anthony ‘Coops’ Cooper won the Silver in Seated Shot and he didn’t take that medal off till after dinner in the evening; you knew just by seeing him how proud he was to have picked up a medal in the prestigious Warrior Games. Coops is the first VI that we have taken to an international Games and it was a real honour to see him do so well.
Laura Knowles winning her Silver was a moment that really stood out for me. Laura has come on so much in the short time we have been here. From first meeting Laura for the Invictus Games in 2016 she now believes so much more in herself, and is benefiting from every aspect of the Games.
Laura said after winning her medal: ‘Every day something good happens, and this is today’s.’
The Field events now brings the UK medal tally to 10 Golds, 4 Silvers and 3 Bronze medals.
Next stop, the cycling event. This sees the Uprights ride a 33km course, and Recumbents and Handcycles riding 11km.