Help for Heroes is proud to work with the British Paralympic Association, UK Sport, the English Institute of Sport and National Governing Bodies to help our Wounded, Injured and Sick Veterans reach the pinnacle of elite sport, culminating in four Paralympic medals in Rio. After being pipped to a Gold medal in London 2012, Jon-Allan Butterworth was determined to add a Gold to his two silver medals at the Rio Games. Along with his team mates Jody Cundy and Louis Rolfe, Jon-Allan won Gold in a dramatic C1-5 Team Sprint in the Velodrome. Meanwhile in a fantastic race on the athletics track, Dave Henson came from behind the field to secure a Bronze medal in the T42 200m final. Former Captain of the GB Invictus Team, Dave lost both of his legs after stepping on an IED in Afghanistan. After winning Gold at the first Invictus Games, Dave – in his own words – “thought I’d give Rio a bash. It just shows what you can do.”
In the field events Jo Butterfield won Gold in the F51 Club Throw, smashing her own World Record with her second throw, and adding a medal to her 2014 European title and 2015 world title. Meanwhile, on the water, Nick Beighton took Bronze in the KL2 men’s final as Para-canoeing made its debut at the Paralympics.