Help for Heroes beneficiaries were out in force at the weekend at British Rowing’s Indoor Rowing Championships at the Lee Valley VeloPark, London.
The competition was fully inclusive and open to all ages and abilities. Entrants were encouraged from across the globe; some participants were seasoned competitors, while many had just got started in the sport.
Help for Heroes fielded a group of competitors from a grassroots to performance level – showing the true nature of Sports Recovery.
There were lots of success stories from the day, including beneficiaries entering in the Arms and Shoulders (AS), Legs, Trunk and Arms (LTA), Rowability Fixed Seat (RFS) and Rowability Open (RO) categories.
Petty Officer Sean Gaffney won the Men’s LTA event and raced against former Royal Marine and fellow Invictus competitor Alan Le Sueur, who finished fourth in the race.
“It’s fantastic to be British Champion and slightly unexpected, as I don’t row full time,” Sean said. “It’s just a keen hobby at the moment, but I’m glad the work has paid off. I do a lot of rowing with my wife; she’s my training partner, so we push each other on.”
There were plenty of other standout performances from current and former servicemen in the adaptive categories in the Lee Valley velodrome on Saturday, with Martin Tye defending his 2015 title in the fixed seat classification ahead of John Prosser.
Meanwhile, Mark Gold took the win in the RO classification ahead of Richard French, with David Kelley finishing fourth.
Luke Delahunty, who also participated in the Invictus Games this year, finished fourth in the AS event.