07 Mar Local Invictus Games athlete Arron Dindyal takes on new challenge
Veteran Army Private and Invictus Games athlete, Arron Dindyal, is this week taking on a new sporting challenge.
The 35 year old has been selected for one of two Help for Heroes teams who will be taking part in an exhibition match at the first ever Wheelchair Rugby Quad Nations tournament.
Arron, from Sawbridgeworth on the Essex/Hertfordshire border, was medically discharged in 2011 due to a progressive degenerative spinal condition. He will require full-time use of a wheelchair in the future. Five years on he was part of the Invictus Games team in Orlando in 2016 and also brought home a silver medal in wheelchair rugby from last year’s Games in Toronto.
“Since coming back from the Invictus Games I have carried on with the wheelchair rugby training. Playing rugby has been a key part in my continued recovery. It has kept my focus and has allowed me to keep active. The sport is fast, physical and at times brutal which makes it great for anyone from a military background! Being selected to play in the Help for Heroes team is a real honour. Playing with other military guys gives that banter and camaraderie that I lost when leaving the Army. Hopefully playing in the Help for Heroes match will again raise the profile of the sport and help inspire others to push themselves into getting back into sport and back into their community. I want to inspire others to see that injuries are not the end, but the start of a new chapter”.
Taking place from 9th – 11th March 2018 the Wheelchair Rugby Quad Nations is an international tournament that will feature four wheelchair rugby teams; all ranked within the top 5 in the World. For three days the Leicester Arena will play host to World Champions and Paralympic Gold, Silver and Bronze medallist teams from around the globe. Help for Heroes is proud to have put together two teams who will play an exhibition match before the Great Britain versus Japan match on the first night of the tournament.