An ex-serviceman from Ripon has been selected alongside nearly 40 others to represent the British armed forces team in the 2015 Warrior Games in Virginia, USA.
David ‘H’ Hubber 43, will compete in recurve archery and pistol classes for the British Team, which as a whole will take part in eight sports over ten days of competition, from June 19-28 2015.
Mr Hubber, who suffered a spinal injury in 2001 whilst playing ice hockey for the army in Canada, was eventually forced to leave the Royal Logistic Corps after coping with the pain for 10 years.
Mr Hubber said: “The warrior Games is an amazing opportunity for me to enjoy being active again and to be involved with like-minded people from the military, who understand what I have been through.”
After leaving the RLC Mr Hubber became a member of Thirsk Bowmen Archery Club and an attendee of Harrogate St. George’s Archers, using archery to maintain his strength and independence, and help him adapt to his injuries.
The British Team is being supported by Help For Heroes, who also bought Mr Hubber his first wheelchair following his injury and a specialised bow enabling him to enter archery competitions at a higher level.
Accustomed to success in representing his country, Mr Hubber was also part of a team which competed in The Invictus Games in London last year and subsequently won the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Helen Rollason Award, for Outstanding Achievement in the Face of Adversity.
Mr Hubber said: “The Invictus Games was my first sporting opportunity, since the onset of injury, where I was competing against peers with disabilities. That was a stepping-stone in my journey through injury but I’ve a long way to go.”
This year, the Department of Defense Warrior Games will welcome approximately 200 atheletes representing teams from the U.S Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and the combined armed services of the British Armed Forces.
Martin Colclough, Head of Sports Recovery at Help for Heroes said: “The Warrior Games provides the opportunity to be part of a team again, which veterans miss after suffering a life-changing injury or illness. However the Warrior Games team represents just 40 of our wounded heroes and there are thousands more out there that need our support, for life. We’d encourage anyone who wants to try something new as part of their recovery to get in touch - there’s something on offer for everyone.”