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11 May 2016

Tom Stimpson praises “absolute strength” of GB Invictus Games team

Airforce veteran Tom Stimpson, MBE who has epilepsy praised the “absolute strength” of the GB Invictus Games team after completing a cycling event.

 

Speaking from the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Florida,Tom said:  “It’s my first time hand cycling, it’s really good and difficult.  Even though I’m new to the sport it’s just about having a go.”

Two cycling races

Cycling is open to all Invictus competitors.  There are two cycling races; the criterium, a race that involves several laps around a circuit, and the time trial event where competitors complete a one-lap sprint. Riders compete using bikes modified to cater for various physical impairments.

Tom explained: “It was in the recumbent bikes so the sit down bikes, pushing with the hands so it’s hard work on the shoulders and arms but it was hot out there but managed to get around so I’m really pleased.”

"We've got absolute strength in the GB team"

Speaking about the GB team, Tom said: “We’ve got absolute strength in the GB team.  For me it’s an honour to be here with them.  They are amazing.  Highly trained, exceptionally fit, coping with traumatic physical and psychological injuries so to see them here and be part of the team is just really inspirational and they’ve bagged some medals which is just fantastic.”

Epilepsy Society will keep you updated with more news from the Invictus Games.

 

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