Veter­ans needed for first na­tional games

The Press and Journal (North-East) - - NEWS -

Mil­i­tary per­son­nel are be­ing en­cour­aged to fol­low the ex­am­ple of Aberdeen-born vet­eran Michael Mel­lon.

The 38-year-old, who was dis­charged from the RAF in 2005, won three medals at the In­vic­tus Games in Syd­ney.

Now the call is on for ex-mil­i­tary men and women to join Team UK for the first na­tional games for wounded, in­jured and sick veter­ans next July. The event, to be held in Sh­effield, will in­clude Team UK’s Tri­als for the next In­vic­tus Games in May 2020.

At this year’s In­vic­tus Games Mr Mel­lon, who pre­vi­ously lived in Aberdeen and then RAF Lossiemouth, was the only Scot in the British Team.

Par­tic­i­pants in­ter­ested in the Sh­effield tour­na­ment will be able to take part in sports in­clud­ing ath­let­ics, wheel­chair bas­ket­ball, pow­er­lift­ing, swim­ming and sit­ting vol­ley­ball.

Antony Baines, of the Royal British Le­gion said: “The Le­gion is proud to be work­ing with Help for He­roes and the Min­istry of De­fence on the 2019 Games in Sh­effield.

“The event will be an ex­am­ple of our life­long com­mit­ment to to­day’s per­son­nel, veter­ans and their fam­i­lies.”

To find out more, visit www.help­forheroes.org. uk/get-sup­port/sport­sand-hob­bies/join-tea­muk

“The event will be an ex­am­ple of our life­long com­mit­ment”

Michael Mel­lon

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