Norfolk man to represent the UK at the Invictus Games
- Credit: Help for Heroes
A former Royal Air Force Sergeant from Norfolk has been selected to represent the UK at the Invitus Games in Toronto.
Olaf Jones will compete in the shot put, discus and archery at the games later this year.
He lost his left arm in a motorcycle racing accident after which he was discharged from the Air Force in 2000 after nearly 20 years of service.
Mr Jones said: 'I had always been very active and competitive, I just required a little inspiration to ignite the fire that fuelled my desire to compete and become active again.
'Being in my mid-fifties, I would like to be a source of inspiration to other limbless people just as I was inspired by the 2012 Paralympic Games, particularly those that have a few more wrinkles, grey hairs, aches, pains and gripes than others.
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'I would be delighted and deeply honoured if I made others realise that it is not too late to achieve greatness regardless of ability' he added.
Prince Harry unveiled the team of wounded, injured and sick (WIS) serving military personnel and veterans who came together for the first time since selection at the Tower of London where they had team photos taken.
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306 WIS military personnel and veterans, trialled 11 sports for one of the 90 places available. The selection process was based on what benefit the Invictus Games will give an individual as part of their recovery, combined with performance and their commitment to training.
Former Army Major Bernie Broad was named as captain of the team, who lost both his legs below the knee after injuries from an explosion in Helmand Province in 2009.
He said: 'Since being medically retired from the Armed Forces in 2014, I feel that I have taken my foot off the gas and become quite complacent. So I kick started my fitness regime and now regularly swim, cycle and walk.
'I am looking forward to taking part in the Invictus Games as I see this involvement as a way to re-focus me physically and mentally.
The team will train in various locations across the country as part of Help for Heroes' Sports Recovery programme.
The Invictus Games Toronto will take place from September 23 till September 30.