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  • Samantha Jayne Bowen
    Samantha Jayne Bowen
    Army / Veteran
     
    National Team
    UK

    Samantha Bowen served as a Gunner in the Royal Artillery between 2003 and 2008. During a tour of Iraq, she was hit by mortar fire, leaving her seriously injured with shrapnel in her leg and a shattered ankle.

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  • Jaaike Brandsma
    Jaaike Brandsma
     
    National Team
    Netherlands
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  • Hans-Peter Breda
    Hans-Peter Breda
    Master Sergeant,
    Medical Corps
    Sports
    Athletics, Indoor Rowing, Swimming
    National Team
    Germany

    “In a healthy body lives a healthy mind” is Hans-Peter Breda’s motto. That is why sport is so crucial to him and his Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. He will be putting this motto to use when he competes in the Swimming, Indoor Rowing and Athletics during the Games.

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  • Liam Brentley
    Liam Brentley
    Royal Marines / Serving
    Sport
    Archery
    National Team
    UK

    Liam Brentley was left deaf and with a brain injury after being shot in the head while serving with the Royal Marines. After extensive surgery metal plates were placed in Brentley’s head as a result of the bullet wound. In 2012 he was chosen to be a torch bearer at the London Olympics and the following year went on to represent the British Armed Forces Team at the Warrior Games 2013, where he competed in Archery and Volleyball.

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  • Alexander Brewer
    Alexander Brewer
    Royal Marines / Serving
    Sports
    Athletics, Swimming
    National Team
    UK

    Alexander Brewer suffered a number of injuries during his service with the Royal Marines, including Right Leg Trauma. As part of his recovery Brewer became involved with a number of sports. He will be representing the British Armed Forces in Athletics and Swimming.

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  • Christopher Brogan
    Christopher Brogan
    Royal Marines / Veteran
    Sport
    Road Cycling
    National Team
    UK

    Christopher Brogan suffered a severe injury during his service with the Royal Marines. Using the power of sport to aid his recovery, he has since taken part in a number of Cycling events and training sessions. He will be representing the British Armed Forces in the sport.

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  • Kirsty-Lee Brown
    Kirsty-Lee Brown
    Navy
    Sports
    Athletics, Swimming, Wheelchair Basketball, Wheelchair Rugby
    National Team
    Australia

     

    Kirsty-Lee Brown joined the Navy in 2002 where she has received a gold commendation and a Group Bravery Citation. During her service she was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Since then she has competed in a number of sporting competitions, in which she has gained recognition. She says, “This experience will push me out of my comfort zone and hopefully be a positive experience for my physical and mental health.” During the Games she will be competing in Athletics, Swimming, Wheelchair Basketball and Wheelchair Rugby.

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  • Thomas Brun
    Thomas Brun
    Army
    Sports
    Archery, Athletics, Wheelchair Basketball
    National Team
    France

     

    When serving in the Army, Thomas Brun was injured, this resulted in the amputation of one of his legs. His sporting achievements prior to the Games have included: Marines Corps Trials 2013 – Gold medal in discus, bronze medal in launch weight, Marine Corps Trials 2014 – Silver medal in launch weight and discus, and Warendorf 2013 – Gold medal in launch weight. He will be competing in Athletics, Archery, and Wheelchair Basketball.

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  • Vinod Budhathoki
    Vinod Budhathoki
    Army / Veteran
    Sports
    Road Cycling, Sitting Volleyball
    National Team
    UK

    Vinod Budhathoki was injured when he accidently stepped on a hidden IED that blew his legs off. Since his injury, Budhathoki has taken part in a number of sports competitions through the Help for Heroes recovery program. He has taken part in tandem jumps, waters sports and piloted micro light planes. Budhathoki will be competing in Cycling and Sitting Volley Ball.

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  • Roelof Burghoom
    Roelof Burghoom
     
    National Team
    Netherlands

    Roelof Burghoorn was injured in a fall and was entered into an artificial coma. He woke four weeks later with a partial spinal cord injury. After three months of rehabilitation, he discovered hand cycling after a hand bike weekend at his Military Rehabilitation Centre, and was soon tackling some of the hardest climbs on the Tour de France circuit. He later took part in a hand cycling tour from Tibet to Nepal across the Himalayas. Roelof thinks it is fantastic that the Games can show the world that there is a future after a war wound, accident or illness. He hopes to demonstrate his talent on the hand bike, and win a medal for the Dutch team.

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  • Roelof Burghoorn
    Roelof Burghoorn
    Sport
    Road Cycling
    National Team
    Denmark

     

    During Roelof Burghoorn’s holiday in Lanzarote in 2006, whilst serving, he fell after stepping onto the boulevard. Four weeks later he woke after a medically induced coma, only to find out that he had a partial spinal cord injury leaving him partially paraplegic. Roelof was rehabilitated at the Military Rehabilitation Centre (MRC) where he had to relearn everything again, and this is where he discovered his passion for Cycling. This led Roelef to all corners of the world on cycling trips and races, such as the Tour de France. Roelof is looking forward to putting his competitive edge to good use in Cycling, and showing the world what people are capable of after injury.

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  • Matthew Burke
    Matthew Burke
    Air Force / Veteran
    Sports
    Archery, Indoor Rowing, Swimming
    National Team
    USA

    Matthew Burke has suffered from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), which has effected his daily routine. Through taking part in competition event, the power of sport has helped Burke combat against the struggles of PTSD. He will be representing the USA in Archery, Indoor Rowing and Swimming.

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  • Richard D. Burkett
    Richard D. Burkett
    Major,
    Marine
    Sports
    Archery, Wheelchair Rugby
    National Team
    USA

    Maj. Burkett enlisted in the Army in 1994 and was later commissioned in the Marine Corps in 1999. He has deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan with multiple Marine Expeditionary Units, but was injured on his right leg, which led to an amputation below the knee, and a left knee replacement. He will be competing in Archery and Wheelchair Rugby.

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