For the fourth year in a row, the United Kingdom will participate in the Department of Defense Warrior Games hosted at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, New York, from June 15-22, supported by Help for Heroes.
A team of 34 have been selected for the UK team and are prepared to compete as part of their recovery. The British Team, which is supported by Help for Heroes, will take part in eight adaptive sports: Archery, Cycling, Sitting Volleyball, Shooting, Swimming, Track and Field, and Wheelchair Basketball. The competition kicks off from 15 – 21 June and the UK team will compete against around 200 competitors from the Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, U.S. Special Operations Command and U.S. Army.
Martin Colclough, Head of Sports Recovery at Help for Heroes said: “We know how important sport is as part of an individual’s recovery, not only does it help physically, sport provides huge psychological benefits too including improving self-confidence and self-esteem. The Warrior Games provides the opportunity to be part of a team again, something the military often miss after suffering a life-changing injury or illness.”
“The Warrior Games team represents just 34 of our wounded heroes; there are thousands more out there that need our support, for life. We’d encourage anyone who wants to try something new as part of their recovery to get in touch, there’s something on offer for everyone.”
The event is about giving our wounded, injured and sick serving and veteran personnel the chance to take part in sport, alongside their peers, to show themselves, and the rest of the world, that they can. This is about ability, not disability. Every athlete at the Warrior Games has been empowered to compete.
Anyone that is wounded, injured or sick military personnel or veteran and in need of support should visit Help for Heroes’ Get Support pages.