AN ARMY captain from a village near Keighley has been selected for the 130-strong British Armed Forces Team to compete in the inaugural Invictus Games.
Rob Cromey-Hawke, 30, will be part of the swimming and cycling teams representing Great Britain in the games, which will be staged over four days in September and will attract competitors from all over the UK.
The Royal Engineers captain, who lives in Cowling, damaged his back during a tour of Afghanistan in 2012. He also suffered hearing loss and a brain injury, which has left him with memory and concentration problems, as well as balance, dizziness and light sensitivity issues after the vehicle in which he was travelling drove over an Improvised Explosive Device.
Events will include archery, athletics, wheelchair basketball and rugby, cycling, powerlifting, indoor rowing, swimming, sitting volleyball and a special driving challenge organised by Jaguar Land Rover.
Martin Colclough, British team manager for the games and head of sports recovery at Help for Heroes, said: “Sport plays such an important part in the recovery of our ill and injured and it’s fantastic we’ve been able to provide them with this opportunity. We’ve got a great team that is going to be a force to be reckoned with during the Invictus Games!”
The cycling competition will take place on September 13 at Lee Valley Velo Park, London, and swimming will take place on September 14 at the Aquatics Centre, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
Tickets are on sale at invictusgames.org