Soldiers are taking part in large scale training exercises in Germany, Poland and the Baltic States.
Welcome home Invictus Games stars
The Army members of the U.K. Invictus Games team ended the 4 day long competition in Orlando, Florida, with 12 medals between them, including 7 golds, among the total UK 131 tally. Corporal Ian Taylor, REME, smashed his personal best by an astonishing 3 seconds to take gold in the men's 50m breaststroke, while Lance Corporal Angelito Barbierato and Sergeant Gareth Paterson each took home 2 gold medals in the archery.
“Putting on my Invictus kit was the proudest part of the process,” said Barbierato, a vehicle mechanic with the KRH LAD at Tidworth. “It was like an footballer pulling on his England shirt. The Invictus Games are really important for people serving with injuries because the Army has a natural physical bias, so to overcome an injury is a phenomenal feeling.”
The Games ended with a spectacular ceremony early on Saturday morning in the U.K., with a rousing speech from HRH Prince Harry: “ The competition has been fierce with performances of the highest international standard across a number of events,” said Prince Harry. “But what inspired me was the courage to make it to the starting line, to take to the field or to dive into that pool, motivated by the goal of giving your all – medal or no medal. You showed your families, your friends and yourselves, just how far you’ve come, regardless of the result.”
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