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Evesham's MP meets Invictus athletes

Aaron Wise 3rd Jun, 2016 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

EVESHAM’S MP Nigel Huddleston spent an illuminating’afternoon welcoming home the UK Invictus Games Team.

The Mid Worcestershire MP recently gave a tour of the House of Commons to members of the team, who were among 500 competitors from 15 nations to compete in the 2016 edition of the Games in Orlando, Florida from Sunday, May 8 to Thursday, May 12.

Andrew Bracey, a former reservist craftsmen who became wheelchair bound as a result of his service and Mike Matthews, who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and paralysis as a result of an IED explosion in Afghanistan, then shared their experiences of the Games with Mr Huddleston.

Mr Bracey won one silver and two bronze medals in the IT4 Wheelchair category and Mr Matthews won a bronze medal in cycling.

The UK delegation to the Games was delivered by a partnership of the Ministry of Defence, Help for Heroes and the Royal British Legion.

“Hearing stories from the UK Invictus Games Team were both moving and inspiring,” Mr Huddleston said.

“The strength needed not just to overcome severe injuries, but to raise awareness of the challenges faced by wounded veterans is truly incredible. To overcome such adversity shows just how courageous these people are,” he added.

 

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