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Local veterans wow as they compete in 2018 Warrior Games

14 Jun Local veterans wow as they compete in 2018 Warrior Games

Eleven local veterans have proudly served their country again in a major sporting event for wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women. The veterans, who were selected by military charity Help for Heroes, represented the UK at the recent 2018 Warrior Games.

The athletes took part in the 2018 Department of Defense (DoD) Warrior Games from 1 – 9 June in Colorado Springs. Approximately 265 service members and veterans represented teams from the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard and U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM), as well as the United Kingdom Armed Forces, Canadian Forces and the Australian Defence Force.

The UK Team, which was supported and delivered by Help for Heroes, took part in nine adaptive sports: Athletics, Archery, Cycling, Indoor Rowing, Sitting Volleyball, Shooting, Swimming, Powerlifting and Wheelchair Basketball.

David Rose from Norfolk and Ian Primmer from Ipswich where amongst the locals involved in the games.

David Rose, who is a regular at the local recovery centre Chavasse VC House in Colchester said “I feel incredibly privileged and honoured to be able to compete under the flag of the UK alongside so many inspirational people. It is an important marker in my recovery when I consider how I was physically and mentally 12 month ago.”