Injured Jewish Veteran Had to ‘Pinch Herself’ After Winning Medal at UK Sporting Event Created by Prince Harry
An injured Jewish veteran from the United Kingdom said she “just couldn’t believe it” when she won the bronze medal at a sporting event in Orlando, Fl., created by Prince Harry for wounded service personnel.
“Everyone was cheering so loudly and I had to pinch myself that it was for me,” said Sue Warner, who came in third place in the swimming 50-meter backstroke at the 2016 Invictus Games. She said her success at the Games, which took place May 8-12, was “a moment to cherish.”
Warner suffered multiple fractures in a 2009 accident while serving with the Royal Navy as a senior nursing officer. Previously bound to a wheelchair, she can now get around on crutches.
The athlete participated in over 55 events at the Invictus Games, following a training program that helped build muscle strength and improve her overall fitness level, according to the Jewish Chronicle. Rabbi Danny Rich, Liberal Judaism chief executive and leader of the UK’s Kingston Liberal Synagogue, where Warner is a congregant, praised the veteran’s triumph, saying, “Injured whilst serving her country overseas, she has overcame pain and comfort by sheer determination and a sprinkling of good humor.”
The Invictus Games is an international sporting event for veteran and active wounded, ill and injured service men and women. This year, 500 military personnel from 15 nations participated in the event, which includes 10 sports, including wheelchair basketball, rowing and archery. The first Invictus Games took place in 2014 in London.