Team UK, supported and delivered by Help for Heroes, have won an impressive 27 medals in the Department of Defense Warrior Games in Tampa Bay, Florida…
Approximately 400 competitors representing teams from the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM), United Kingdom Armed Forces, Canadian Forces and the Australian Defence Force took part in the competition.
Andy Allen is just one of 20 wounded, injured and sick military personnel and veterans who were chosen to represent the UK at this year’s Warrior Games. At the age of just 19, Andy was deployed to Afghanistan with the 1st Battalion the Royal Irish Regiment, where he lost both his legs and was partially blinded after stepping on an improvised explosive device.
“A part of me died in Afghanistan that day. I went from being a mobile person to relying on others to help me do everyday tasks. My physical and mental wellbeing were on a downward spiral but Help for Heroes got me back into sport. I applied for the Warrior Games so I could improve my fitness and mental health further. It’s been fantastic spending time with the rest of Team UK and seeing the drive, determination and team spirit of others; something I’d lost since leaving the military.