HMS Diamond’s flight-deck transformed into basketball court for Invictus Games

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THE flight-deck of a Portsmouth warship was transformed into a basketball court for disabled athletes.

HMS Diamond hosted the event for the United Kingdom Armed Forces’ wheelchair basketball team.

It’s all part of the run-up to this year’s Invictus Games, the annual multi-sport event in which injured service and ex-servicemen and women compete against their compatriots from other nations.

This year’s competition will be held in Orlando, Florida.

Diamond’s deck acted as the backdrop for a team from the BBC filming in the lead-up to the sporting spectacle.

Lieutenant Commander Hugh Botterill, Diamond’s executive officer wished all the athletes good luck and added: ‘We jumped at the chance to host the team on board.

‘It’s an absolute privilege to be able to play host to this team, all of whom have overcome tremendous hardship to get to where they are today.’