HOLD THE DATE –Saturday 13th September I am competing at the Velo Park at the Invictus Games
The last week has consisted of a few sleepless nights and some nail biting moments awaiting the results of the British Armed Forces team selection for the Invictus Games.
Yesterday I was informed I had been selected and attended the launch of the team in London.
It was great to meet up with some of the other guys and girls who are representing the B.A.F team and of course to meet Prince Harry. Without his involvement in the Invictus Games it would not have been possible, so a massive thank you.
I have just over four weeks left of training before the games commence so will be hitting the hills hard on the bike.
To say I am happy to make the team is an understatement, it has made the last 7 years of operations and rehabilitation worth it to get to this point. I still have a long way to go and may not win any medals personally at the games however I will be doing my best to assist the team in our road race.
A bit more about Invictus
The GB team is 130 strong.
The team, which has been trained and supported by Help for Heroes and the Ministry of Defence, is made up of veterans and serving members of the Armed Forces and it is the biggest British military sports team ever assembled from wounded, injured or sick men and women.
The final team representing Great Britain has been selected on criteria such as their commitment to training, performance, progression in their sport and feedback from the Help for Heroes Sports Recovery coaches.
After a three month training and trial period, where competitors undertook events such as archery, athletics, wheelchair basketball and rugby, cycling, powerlifting, indoor rowing, swimming and sitting volleyball the efforts of the 130 selected over 67 days and 497 coaching hours have paid off.
Not long to go
Having been put through our paces during nationwide trials, I and my team mates will now begin ramping our training and focusing on the Games that begin on 10 September.
The event, which will be kicked off with an Opening Ceremony and rounded off with a Closing Concert headlined by the Foo Fighters, runs from 10-14 September.
Tickets cost £12.85 and are on sale HERE
I will keep you posted on my training and I will be tweeting from the games @MilitaryMTB so please do Follow and send your support
AKA Martyn Gibbons MBE
The Invictus Games are being organised with the support and backing of The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry and the Ministry of Defence. They will feature more than 400 wounded, injured and sick Servicemen and women, serving and veteran, competing in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and the Lee Valley Athletics Centre, thanks to the Mayor of London Boris Johnson, the London Legacy Development Corporation and the Lee Valley Regional Park Authority. Teams, which have been invited from 14 nations that have served alongside each other, will compete in 9 adaptive sports.