Help for Heroes beneficiaries Nick Beighton and Nikki Paterson have been selected to compete in the Paracanoe Senior European Championships and the World Cup Sprint squad.
The selections to represent Great Britain are for a number of early season internationals including the Senior European Championships in Racice, Czech Republic 1-3 May and some World Cup series events.
Former Captain, Nick Beighton who served with the British Army, was injured in 2009 after stepping on an IED while serving in Afghanistan which resulted in him losing both of his legs. Nick went on to compete in the London 2012 Paralympics in his chosen sport of Rowing, following support from Help for Heroes. Nick also completed the Paris to London element of Help for Heroes’ Hero Ride on a Hand bike, which the Help for Heroes Quick Reaction fund granted him.
Former Craftsman, Nikki Paterson who served with the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME). Nikki was injured in a road traffic accident which subsequently led to the amputation of her right leg. She was introduced to the Help for Heroes Sports Recovery programme at Headley Court post injury, and has since benefitted in her recovery from attending winter sport training camps, climbing excursions, water skiing training, as well as from vocational training such as the Archery Leader Course and gaining neuro-linguistic programming qualifications.
Nikki was introduced to GB Canoeing, who invited her on an inspiration camp at the World Championships in 2013. She subsequently stepped up to train full-time as part of the GB ParaCanoe team a year ago. Help for Heroes Sports Recovery supported Nikki in the World Para Canoe Championships last year, and have also funded her competition boat, in her quest to the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.
Martin Colclough, Head of Help for Heroes Sports Recovery said: “We’re extremely proud that Nick and Nikki have been selected. They are both fantastic examples of what wounded, injured and sick service men and women can do post injury, by using the power of adaptive sport throughout their recovery.”