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  • Benjamin Atgie
    Benjamin Atgie
    Chief Warrant Officer,
    Army
    Sports
    Archery, Athletics, Swimming, Wheelchair Basketball
    National Team
    France

    Benjamin Atgie served in the French Armed Forces when he was injured, which resulted in an amputation of his left leg. Since then Benjamin has taken part in many sporting competitions such as: Marine Corps Trials 2014 (Gold medal in 200 m and silver medal in wheelchair basketball), and Military European championships in athletics (4th in 200 m and 5th in 100 m). During the Games he will be participating in Athletics, Archery, Swimming and Wheelchair Basketball.

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  • Chris Attis
    Chris Attis
    Army / Serving
    Sport
    Wheelchair Basketball
    National Team
    UK

    Chris Attis suffered knee and nerve injury during his service with the Army. Since then, he has been involved with a number of sports events and will be competing in Wheelchair Basketball during the Games.

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  • Jorge Avalos
    Jorge Avalos
    Specialist First Class,
    Army
    Sports
    Athletics, Road Cycling, Swimming
    National Team
    USA

     

     

    Retired Sgt. 1st Class Jorge Avalos participates in sports because it lets him “push himself to the max.” He credits the cycling in the Army’s adaptive reconditioning program with helping him through his recovery. “I broke my back and was initially paralyzed,” he said, in reference to the parachuting accident that caused him to freefall. “Cycling has given me strength and pushed me forward.” He hopes he will be able to compete in the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, but before he gets there, he will focus his attention on the Invictus Games, where he will compete not only in Cycling, but also in Swimming and Athletics. “It’s an honor to represent the United States and the Army and show that life doesn’t have to stop just because it has changed,” he said.

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  • Frank Aveh
    Frank Aveh
    Army / Serving
    Sport
    Sitting Volleyball
    National Team
    UK

    Frank Aveh was shot during his service in the Army. However, Aveh has fought back against his injury immersing himself in the world of sport. He will be representing the British Armed Forces in Sitting Volleyball.

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  • Jonas Mikael El Awsy
    Jonas Mikael El Awsy
    Army / Serving
    Sports
    Indoor Rowing, Swimming
    National Team
    Denmark

    Jonas Mikael El Awsy was shot in the left thigh causing a nerve injury. The power of sport has been an effective tool for helping Awsy recover.

     

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  • Lewis Barasha
    Lewis Barasha
    Captain,
    Air Force/Active
    Sports
    Road Cycling, Swimming, Wheelchair Basketball
    National Team
    USA

    Lewis Barasha served with the 90 Missile Wing, specialising in long distance balistic missiles. He suffered a combat injury in 2011, Lewis has quoted that competing in the Invictus Games is going to be “one of the highest honours of my life”. He will be competing in Cycling, Swimming and Wheelchair Basketball.

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  • Matthew Barlow
    Matthew Barlow
    Royal Marines / Serving
    Sport
    Athletics
    National Team
    UK

    Matthew Barlow was injured in the knee during service, and also suffers from PTSD. Since his injury, Barlow has taken up various sports and has been selected to represent the British Armed Forces in Athletics.

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  • Pasquale Barriera
    Pasquale Barriera
    Major,
    Veteran/Army
    Sports
    Swimming, Wheelchair Basketball
    National Team
    Italy

    Maj. Barriera is now a veteran of the Army. When he was serving he was involved in an accident in service where he reported a spinal cord injury. Currently he is waiting for recall into service at the Interagency Operational Command of Defence. He is looking forward to taking part in Swimming and Wheelchair Basketball.

     

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  • Amy Baynes
    Amy Baynes
    Chief Petty Officer Medic,
    Navy
    Sports
    Archery, Indoor Rowing, Powerlifting, Road Cycling, Sitting Volleyball, Swimming, Wheelchair Basketball, Wheelchair Rugby
    National Team
    New Zealand

    Amy Baynes has had a 15 year career in the military as a medical officer. Whilst on deployment in Afghanistan Amy injured her hip, which led to her needing a hip replacement at age 33. Since then Baynes has become a Team Leader and Associate Lecturer at the Defence Health School in Burnham. She will be competing in Archery, Indoor Rowing, Powerlifting, Road Cycling, Sitting Volleyball, Swimming, Wheelchair Basketball and Wheelchair Rugby.

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  • Jordan Beecher
    Jordan Beecher
    Lance Corporal,
    Army / Serving
    Sport
    Indoor Rowing
    National Team
    UK

    Jordan Beecher was injured by an IED in Afghanistan, which resulted in his leg being amputated. Not letting his injury hold him back, Beecher took up various sports including Indoor Rowing, Wheelchair Basketball and Standing Amputee Basketball. Since then, he has competed in various competitions and has atteneded the Sochi Winter Paralympic Games as part of the Paralympic Inspiration Programme. Beecher will be representing the British Armed Forces team in Indoor Rowing.

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  • Nick Beighton
    Nick Beighton
    Former Royal Engineer,
    Army / Veteran
    Sport
    Indoor Rowing
    National Team
    UK

    Nick Beighton lost both legs in 2009 after stepping on an IED while serving in Afghanistan. Since then, Beighton has competed in various Indoor Rowing competitions including the London 2012 Paralympics, leading him to represent the British Armed Forces Indoor Rowing team.

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  • Kent Bemme
    Kent Bemme
    Corporal,
    Army
    Sports
    Athletics, Indoor Rowing, Sitting Volleyball
    National Team
    Germany

    Kent Bemme suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, but sport has been crucial in Bemme’s recovery; “sport is important for my emotional stability and mental strength. I feel much more self-confident“. With this confidence he hopes to compete in Athletics, Sitting Volleyball and Indoor Rowing.

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  • Tony Benfer
    Tony Benfer
    Air Force
    Sports
    Swimming, Wheelchair Basketball, Wheelchair Rugby
    National Team
    Australia

     

    Tony Benfer joined the Air Force in 1999, at which he still serves in to this day. In 2007, Benfer was the victim of a ‘hit and run’ accident, which resulted in an amputation below his knee, and injuries to his elbow and right thigh. However, he has competed in a number of sporting competitions since, and is looking forward to taking part in Swimming, Wheelchair Basketball and Wheelchair Rugby during the Games.

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