Former SAC Technician Annie Devine is representing the British Wheelchair Rugby Team at the Invictus Games which start today. Annie, who has been supported by the RAF Benevolent Fund, tells us why she wants the British Wheelchair Rugby Team to bring home the gold at the Games.
The Invictus Games is Prince Harry's latest and best project, inspired by the American Warrior Games that he attended along with the British team last year, for sick and injured service personnel and veterans.
Prince Harry decided to bring a similar style of Games to the UK – and thus, Invictus was born.
Invictus means unconquerable. Right now, we're on the final run up and I'm a bag of nerves but incredibly excited. This is such an amazing opportunity and I’m proud to say that I'm in the Wheelchair Rugby Team representing the British Armed Forces!
Having not been to the Warrior Games or partaking in the Paralympics, this is a first for me to be playing sport in front of a lot of people, let alone in the Copper Box Arena and it's being shown on the BBC. It's no wonder I'm nervous, really.
My mum has, as yet, never seen me play sport; it means a lot that she is coming to see me and it's pretty amazing that the first time will be in the Copper Box! She has seen so much of my illness, my struggles, physically and mentally, my darkness. I cannot wait to let her see the pure joy and thrill I get from the game; she's never seen that, certainly not in the past few years. It'll be such a treat; I'll tell her it's her early Christmas present!
Meeting Prince Harry
Prince Harry is a great down-to-earth guy. I met him at a launch event for the Games and cheekily got a selfie with him – he didn't mind at all!
The Invictus Games will be a chance for us to show what we're made of – the way we want to, just in a different way. It's amazing for everyone to see just how much support we have out there, we're not always aware of it.
Many of us can no longer serve and that is a hard fact to face but in these Games we can dig deep and serve our country in a different way but just as well. We will be the best. We'll be bringing home gold on our home turf. This is our stomping ground. I am so excited! Let's roll!
By Annie Devine
Annie won a gold medal as part of the British Armed Forces Wheelchair Rugby team.
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