Invictus gold – now for the Paralympics
TONY Harris believes he is well on the way to fulfilling his Paralympic dream after securing gold in sitting volleyball at the inaugural Invictus Games.
The 33-year-old, from Great Missenden, was part of the British Armed Forces team that triumphed over USA in Sunday’s match in front of a raucous crowd at London’s Copper Box Arena.
Although the former captain in the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers is targeting even bigger things in the future, he says that claiming the gold medal is the pinnacle of his sporting career to date.
“Finishing these Games in style and bringing home that gold medal is my proudest achievement since being injured,” said Harris. “It’s been amazing.
“I’ve been selected for the GB squad, but Europe is a tough continent in terms of sitting volleyball teams – we need to work hard to get higher up the rankings. I would love to represent my country in the Paralympics and show the determination to get there.”
The Invictus Games, an international four-day event for wounded, injured and sick service personnel, involved more than 400 men and women from 13 nations taking part in nine sports.
The British Armed Forces team hauled in an impressive total of 130 medals.
Harris, whose left leg was amputated below the knee, is eager to see the event go from strength to strength.
“The future of the Games will be an incredibly competitive environment with more and more nations getting involved,” he added. “It is a phenomenal opportunity.
“It’s not watching disabled people try to do well, it’s watching athletes who have a disability perform at the highest level.”
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COMPETITIVE: Tony Harris prepares to block a smash by Nicholas Dadgostar (USA) during Sunday’s final