Veteran Army Lance Corporal and Invictus Games athlete, Clive Smith, is this week taking on a new sporting challenge.
The 38 year old has been selected for one of two Help for Heroes teams who will be taking part in an exhibition match at the first ever Wheelchair Rugby Quad Nations tournament.
Clive, from Wolverhampton, lost both of his legs above the knee in a blast in Afghanistan in 2010. Four years on he was part of the inaugural Invictus Games in London and also brought home a silver medal in wheelchair rugby from last year’s Games in Toronto.
“Since the Invictus Games I have been building on my upper body strength with resistance weight training at my local gym 3 times a week. I also attend training days with a local wheelchair rugby team. I embrace any opportunity to play wheelchair rugby. I love the sport. I love the team atmosphere. And I must admit I love the ruthlessness of the sport! It’s hard core; just what I like”.
Taking place from 9th – 11th March 2018 the Wheelchair Rugby Quad Nations is an international tournament that will feature four wheelchair rugby teams; all ranked within the top 5 in the World. For three days the Leicester Arena will play host to World Champions and Paralympic Gold, Silver and Bronze medallist teams from around the globe. Help for Heroes is proud to have put together two teams who will play an exhibition match before the Great Britain versus Japan match on the first night of the tournament.
Steve Schollar, Head of Recovery for the East and Midlands, said: “Sport plays a big part in the recovery journey for our Veterans and Service Personnel who have been wounded, injured or sick as a result of their service. It gives them a second chance at life; enabling them to regain their purpose and sense of confidence. We encourage anyone that might want to try sport for the first time post injury to be inspired by these athletes and they too could experience the power of sport in their day to day lives.”
Tickets start at just £5 with special offers available for groups and families. Tickets are available from http://www.wrquadnations.com along with a full match schedule.