Blog post written by Anna Boggi, UK Team Manager
We are now on the first rest day of the Warrior Games 2017 and it is a great time to reflect on the time we have spent in Chicago so far.
We all met at London Heathrow on 28 June. With 80% of the team being new to the Warrior Games, it was a very exciting time. Everyone was chomping at the bit to get on the plane and get the Games under way.
We arrived and spent the next day and a half getting ourselves orientated and realising the scale of the Games. The whole team had to go through a classification check and see how they factor different injuries and illnesses into the Games to make it fair and competitive.
On Saturday 30 June we went to the Opening Ceremony, where they'd pulled out all the stops.
We were welcomed onto the stage, the team paraded in front of a huge, cheering crowd. Team Captain Daniel Grobler proudly led his team with Vice Captain Sgt Pete Lauder at his side. You could see in their faces what it meant to hold such prestigious roles within the team. Daniel said he was “honoured and speechless” to be Captain. SAC Liam Houghton then came onto the stage carrying the British flag.
The team then stood for our National Anthem. Laura Knowles carried the torch into the stadium, passing it onto the Navy to light the cauldron. The Games were officially open.
Sunday 1 July was the first day of competition. We were at the Athletics Track. It was hot and humid but the team really came together for a hugely successful day.
Darren Young took the Silver in the 100m and 200m Men’s 5.5U Finals. Jannine Church scooped a whopping 3 Golds in the 100m, 200m and the 800m Women’s 5.0 Finals.
Everyone showed their team spirit by cheering each other on throughout the day. They all left on a high.
On Monday 2 July we attended the Archery Finals. The competitors had a tough job to do. Having trained in such a peaceful environment, the Lakeside Centre was a buzz of noise and people. However, this did not deter the excellent results. Carl Harding took the Bronze for the Individual Compound Shoot. Jenny Collins scooped the Gold in her Recurve Women’s Shoot – the first time a female UK Team archer had won Gold!
The UK Recurve Team made up of Matt Elliott, Ashley Lockwood and Jenny Collins took home another Gold. We all waited behind for the Medal Ceremony – the cheers from the UK Team were some of the loudest I've ever heard.
So far, with 8 Medals in the bag, the Team are in great spirits and are bonding well.
Next stop, Field events tomorrow morning!