Injured soldiers set for Paralympics debut

Dave Henson
Dave Henson
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TALENTED injured servicemen are set to represent ParalympicsGB in Rio.

Former Army Captain Dave Henson, of Whiteley, lost both of his legs in Afghanistan and will compete in the men’s 200m and 100m events.

Powerlifting hopeful Micky Yule is competing at the Paralympics

Powerlifting hopeful Micky Yule is competing at the Paralympics

And Micky Yule, powerlifter and former instructor at Horsea Island defence diving school in Portsmouth, will compete in the 65kg power lift.

Micky, who won gold at the Invictus Games, lost both legs after stepping on an IED in Helmand Province in 2010.

It comes after Cpt Henson was called ‘world class’ by Prince Harry after clinching gold in the 200m race at the Invictus Games in May.

He said: ‘It’s always an honour to represent your country and I’m so proud that I will be making my Paralympic debut in Rio.

‘This is the real pinnacle of our sport and a huge amount of hard work has gone on behind the scenes day in and day out to make this happen.

‘I can’t wait to go out and compete in Brazil and give a lifetime-best performance.’

The former Army officer was injured when he stepped on an IED in February 2011 when on patrol in Helmand.

Both former soldiers have been supported by Help for Heroes for the games.

Micky, a former staff sergeant, said: ‘I’ve dedicated myself to this sport and have worked incredibly hard to get to this point.

‘To be named as a member of the team is a great honour, and I’d like to thank everyone that has supported me to reach this point.

‘My coaches, Help for Heroes and my family have been there for me throughout my entire journey.’

Jayne Kavanagh, a manager at the charity, said: We’re proud to work in partnership with the British Paralympic Association.’