Derbyshire veteran selected for games

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A wounded war veteran from Derbyshire has been selected to be part of a 130 strong British Armed Forces team in an Olympic style competition.

Craig Preece, from Scarcliffe near Bolsover, will be competing in the Invictus Games, and is celebrating after he has been given a place in the Great Britain cycling team for the games.

The former soldier tragically lost a legs in Afganistan five years ago, however has now learnt to walk again with the help of a prosthetic limb.

He is set to represent his country in the games, which last four days and include events such as archery, athletics, wheelchair basketball and cycling.

Craig was a soldier serving with the Royal Engineers before having both his legs severaley damaged, he was selected for the team based on criteria such as commitment to training and performance.

He said: “I’m humbled and excited to have been chosen to represent my country in the Invictus Games.”

The husband and father of two, hopes the games will be a stepping stone for him as he aims to take part in the 2016 paralympic games.

He added: “It will be an honour to compete against other like-minded athletes that have overcome adversity.

“It is a fantastic opportunity for us to showcase to the world what injured service people can achieve.”

Craig will be up against competitors in the Invictus games from all across the country.

He will be competing in the one lap time trial and the circuit races on Saturday Septermber 13 at the Lee Valley VeloPark at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London.

Marin Colclough, British team manager for the Games said: “Sport plays such an important part in the recovery of our ill and injured.

“We‘ve got a great team team that is going to be a force to be reckoned with.”