Rob Cromey-Hawke

A former Captain with the Army in the Royal Engineers, Rob was injured during his second tour of Afghanistan in 2012 after the vehicle he was traveling in drove over an Improvised Explosive Device. He sustained a traumatic brain injury, back and spinal injuries and hearing loss. These injuries have left him with memory and concentration problems, balance and dizziness issues, numbness in his feet and loss of power in his arms and legs, and chronic back pain. After his injury, Rob was convinced he wouldn’t be able to take part in competitive sports again but credits Help for Heroes staff for showing him there is life after injury. He competed in the 2014 Invictus Games and won 2 Gold medals. He said it helped him to achieve remarkable things in both his professional and personal life, including a successful transition out of the Army. Competing in the 2016 Games will enable him to mentor others and create equilibrium in his life in terms of health, sport, work and family.

Rob's next challenge is taking on one of the world’s toughest endurance cycling events, the epic 3,081 mile Race Across America (RAAM). Starting in Oceanside, California competitors pass through 12 states, covering over 3,081 miles and climb in excess of 170,000 feet before finishing in Annapolis, Maryland. Rob says: "I want to continue pushing my physical boundaries and this seemed the next extraordinary challenge to attempt, especially as it will be in support of the charity that has given so much to me and my family; I want to continue raising the profile of the work H4H does and give back in any way I can!

"Completing this challenge will give me the confidence to attempt even greater things, especially as I try and set up my own coaching business helping others achieve in their lives – personally and professionally. I also hope to inspire other WIS to believe they too can achieve extraordinary challenges with the right preparation, mind-set and dogged hard work."