University of Surrey technician wins gold at the 2016 Invictus Games
Cyclist Andy Kelsey, a technician within the School of English and Languages and part of the UK team for this year's Invictus Games in Orlando, has won gold in the cycling Time Trial event.
Earlier this month, Prince Harry unveiled the UK team for this years’ Invictus Games.
Amongst the athletes selected to take part was Surrey’s own Andy Kelsey, a Technician within the School of English and Languages.
Andy served in the RAF as aircrew and was injured in the line of duty, resulting in damage to his spinal cord, paralysis of all four limbs and a minor brain injury. Following rehabilitation at Headley Court, Leatherhead, he became a member of the Great Britain Cycling Team and was invited to attend trials for the first Invictus Games, within which he competed and won two silver medals. This year, he’s taken home gold in the IRB1 cycling Time Trial event.
“Sport has always been an important aspect of my life, but it now has an added importance because it enables me to live as normal a life as possible," he said.
"Without sport the effects of my injuries would be much worse. Not only will the Invictus Games be a great experience for myself but it will also be great for my family. Once it was announced the Invictus Games would be in Disney World Florida my wife and daughter told me I had to get out training and get selected for the team. My friends and family have been a great support throughout my rehabilitation and have made many sacrifices to allow me to train for this event.
“I’m very proud to have been selected to represent the UK team at the 2016 Invictus Games."
The Invictus Games was set up to challenge wounded, sick or injured service personnel, and those who have left the armed forces, to strive for sporting excellence and prove that, beyond injury, they can achieve extraordinary things.