Warrior Games

First held in 2010 The Warrior Gamess organised under the auspices of United States Paralympics pits teams of over 200 wounded veterans against each other in 7 sporting disciplines including Archery, cycling & sitting volleyball. Originally only open to teams representing the US Armed Forces this year as last year Help for Heroes has funded attendance at the event as part of the Battle Back rehabilitation programme.
As Martin Colclough, Head of Physical Recovery at Help for Heroes, explained it:
Physical activity is a key component in recovery, and sport, at whatever level, is important to encourage confidence and independence.
Regular participation in inclusive sport is proven to help someone who has suffered a life-changing injury or illness. We’re really looking forward to the Games starting and are confident we’ve got a good team to challenge the Americans on their own turf.

The Warrior Games is a competitive paralympic sporting event for wounded, injured and sick Service personnel and veterans, hosted by the US Olympic Committee and presented by Deloitte. Help for Heroes Communication Manager (Jess Baker) has been posting a blog daily on this site summarising how the team are getting on. The sitting volleyball team got a fair bit of media attention when they were joined by Prince Harry who started the first event at the Games the cycling.
The Track and field athletes have done amazingly well with 9 medals in one day.
Having met a few of the guys who have been helped by Battle Back and Help for Heroes I know how driven they are to overcome their injuries and the ability to challenge themselves in sporting activities & to compete in their chosen sports must be a huge boost for them. It would be great if Prince Harry’s wish to bring the Warrior Games to the UK comes to fruition but whether it does or not any support you can give me in fundraising for Help for Heroes translates into support for these guys who having been injured on the battlefield are now representing our country on the Sports field and we should be just as proud of them.

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