29/04/2012 11:01 BST

Service Personnel To Take Part In Warrior Games In United States

A team of British servicemen and women have flown out to the United States and are preparing to take part in the Warrior Games.

The Warrior Games, an annual event hosted by the US Olympic Committee (USOC), will see wounded, injured and sick service personnel and veterans compete in seven Paralympic sporting events from tomorrow to May 5.

More than 200 competitors will take part in the games and the UK squad of 21 will compete in five sports - archery, cycling, swimming, track & field and sitting volleyball.

The UK team is funded and supported by the charity Help For Heroes.

Following the event, Prince Harry will attend a reception on May 7 at the British Ambassador's residence in Washington to meet members of the British and American Warrior Games teams.

Athletes from across the Armed Forces, as well as staff from Personnel Recovery Centres and Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre, Headley Court, are among those in the United States.

Bryn Parry, CEO & co-founder, Help for Heroes, said: "We are delighted that Help for Heroes will support a UK team into such a high profile US event.

"We know how important sport is in recovery and are delighted to have supported Battle Back since its inception in 2008.

"This is further enhanced through the Battle Back Phoenix programme which is available in the Personnel Recovery Centres for Service Personnel and veterans.

"Our participation in the Warrior Games is significant in raising awareness of the work that takes place worldwide in supporting wounded, injured and sick Service personnel, especially as we approach a busy year in sport."

The Chief of the Defence Staff, General Sir David Richards, said: "The 2012 Wounded Warrior Games are a great opportunity for our wounded and injured service personnel to show off their sporting prowess and to demonstrate the fantastic rehabilitation they have received through sport.

"This will be the first time the UK has fielded a team in these games and this underlines the special relationship the UK and the US Armed Forces continue to share. I am proud to support the UK team and wish them the very best of luck for success in the Wounded Warrior Games."