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Help for Heroes nurturing Paralympic talent

14th November 2012

New facilities to help wounded war heroes use swimming and other sports to adapt to their new life have opened at the Help for Heroes flagship Recovery Centre in Wiltshire.

The innovative facilities form part of an ongoing national programme of four recovery centres that will be complete by 2014 and include a ‘SwimEx’ adjustable multi-depth pool with a treadmill simulator, to allow users to begin walking or running in a limited weight-bearing environment.

Swimming and other sports are often the primary catalyst on the pathway to recovery and give confidence and independence to people who have suffered a life-changing injury.

Bryn Parry, CEO and Co-Founder of Help for Heroes said: “Taking part in sport is often the first step towards acceptance of a new life after injury. It gives someone the self-belief to move on to the next stage of their life, whether it’s learning a new skill or finding long term employment after the Armed Forces.”

Help for Heroes have also announced their partnership with the British Paralympic Association following this summer’s Games and outlined plans to support the wounded from now to Rio 2016 and beyond into making the progression towards representing their country in Paralympic sport.

The partnership will give our war heroes the opportunity to take part in Talent ID days and fast-track the next David Weir or Claire Cashmore to progress to an elite level, or help them take it up as a career.