AM hosts welcome home event for Invictus Games competitors

Clwyd West AM Darren Millar hosted an event in the Assembly last week to welcome home Welsh competitors of the Invictus Games.

The ‘Help for Heroes’ event celebrated the incredible achievements of Team UK especially the Welsh competitors who are all medalists in this year’s games.

The team members included: Mark ‘Dot’ Perkins – Silver x2 in Rowing and a Bronze in the driving challenge; Steve Sebburn – Gold and Bronze in cycling; Lee Matthews – Bronze in wheelchair basketball and bronze in powerlifting; Ryan Hewitt – Bronze in wheelchair basketball; Jeff Robinson- Silver in wheelchair rugby; Michael Matthews - Silver in wheelchair rugby and Alexandra McClellan – Silver in Relay competition

The event also enabled Assembly Members to meet  veterans and their families and to hear more about the work of Help for Heroes in supporting veterans and families in their communities in Wales.

Darren said:

“It was an absolute honour to host this homecoming event and to meet the competitors who have overcome so much to achieve their goals. The team did us proud in Sydney and it was great to have the opportunity to congratulate them in person.

“Most of us will never know the full horrors of combat. Many Servicemen and women suffer life-changing injuries, visible or otherwise, whilst serving their country. It was incredible to hear how these men and women find the motivation to move on and not be defined by their injuries.

“The word ‘invictus’ means ‘unconquered’. It embodies the fighting spirit of wounded, injured and sick Service personnel and personifies what these tenacious men and women can achieve post injury. The Games harness the power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation and generate a wider understanding and respect for those who serve their country.

“The homecoming  event showed those who attended that the Invictus journey is about more than just the week of the games, with competitors past and present telling us of their incredible recovery journeys. I commend them all.”