‘It pushed me right out of my comfort zone and I am better for it’ Michael Bond may not have come home with a medal from the Warrior Games in Colorado Springs. But to him, returning with a better understanding of himself, new friends and support network is more valuable than any gold, silver or bronze around his neck.“It pushed me right out of my comfort zone and I am better for it,” said Michael, 50, who has been suffering the effects of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder since an incident in Cyprus in 1991 and from when he was serving with the Royal Army Medical Corps in Bosnia in 1994. “Being part of the Games was an incredible experience.” Michael was 34th in the archery, after practising with Rugby Sport for the Disabled and 28th in the indoor rowing. He had been rowing at Xercise4Less as well as doing boxing training with Military Fitness.“I met some fantastic people and made some great friends. Team UK did ourselves proud and won 52 medals, … [Read more...] about WARRIOR GAMES: Experience worth more than any medals for former soldier
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Every year since 2010, the Department of Defense's Warrior Games bring together wounded service members in a supportive and competitive environment to enhance their recovery and rehabilitation. This year, 300 athletes from all branches of the armed forces came to the Air Force Academy for the event. CBSN brings you five stories of these "American Warriors." PTSD. Traumatic brain injury. Patellar tendon injured by a stingray. Years of rehabilitation, both physical and mental. These are the sacrifices Chief Navy Diver Julius McManus made while serving his country over the course of his career, for 21 years and counting. Ask him about it, and he says he would do it all over again. "There's nothing about my service I would change," McManus says. "I've had some great opportunities with repatriation of remains — bringing missing brothers home — to combat tours where I'm supporting the guys doing the hard business, and leading my sailors. I wouldn't trade it for the … [Read more...] about Veteran who once contemplated suicide is now a Warrior Games winner
CLEVELAND -- Kevin Durant pushed the Golden State Warriors to dynasty's doorstep. LeBron James may be at the exit door. Durant scored 43 points, draining a long 3-pointer in the final minute to cap his magnificent performance, and the Warriors beat James and the Cleveland Cavaliers, 110-102, in Game 3 of the NBA Finals on Wednesday night to move within a victory of a sweep, their second straight title and third championship in four years. No team has ever overcome a 3-0 deficit in the NBA playoffs. It might be time to order some champagne from Napa Valley. And Cleveland could be down to one final game with James, who recorded his 10th triple-double in the finals. The three-time champion can opt out of his $35.6 million contract and test free agency this summer, and it may be time for the 33-year-old to find a team capable of beating the Warriors. These Cavs can't figure it out. CBSSports.com's Kyle Boone writes, "There will be endless banter about where free-agent-to-be LeBron James … [Read more...] about LeBron facing final game with Cavs after Warriors’ Games 3 win?
A former RAF Marham serviceman from Downham is set to represent the UK at an international sporting event in America which starts next week.David Rose, 48, who left the Royal Air Force in February due to life-changing medical conditions, will take on the Warrior Games in Colorado from next Friday.The event will see around 300 wounded, ill and injured service members and veterans from America, the UK, Australia and Canada compete in a number of events. Mr Rose has been selected from hundreds of applicants to be one of just 38 to represent the UK.He said: "Getting me to this point in time and in a condition where I can compete on an international stage for wounded, injured and sick (WIS) military and veteran personnel has been a massive team effort."Mr Rose served in the RAF for 31 years across the globe including war zones, but he said his injuries, nerve damage in his right arm and a "knackered" left knee, were predominantly gained in the UK.During the last couple of years, Mr Rose … [Read more...] about Former RAF Marham serviceman from Downham Market gets set to take on Warrior Games
Shaun Wane admits Wigan owe fans a performance for their last two ‘home’ matches - after tonight’s showdown with Widnes was provisionally given the green-light. Officials inspected the weather-hit pitch at 5pm yesterday and agreed it was suitable to be played on. They will meet at 10.30am today to confirm their decision (check wigantoday.net website for updates). Presuming it goes ahead, this will be the Warriors’ first match at the DW Stadium in nearly six months, when a 38-20 loss to Castleford effectively crushed their top-four hopes at the end of last season.. Wigan have had a ‘home’ match since then - but the club decided to take the fixture against Hull FC to Australia. And Wane said that, with both of those games in mind, he hopes to reward their loyal supporters this evening. “We probably do owe them a good display,” he said. “I’ve not really thought about the Castleford game in a long time, but it was our last … [Read more...] about Wane: Wigan Warriors owe fans a performance