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Trio of Norfolk veterans have been picked to represent Britain at the Invictus Games

PUBLISHED: 14:25 17 May 2018 | UPDATED: 09:47 18 May 2018

Tteam of 72 competitors selected to represent the UK at the Invictus Games in Sydney later this year. Picture: MOD/Owen Cooban

Tteam of 72 competitors selected to represent the UK at the Invictus Games in Sydney later this year. Picture: MOD/Owen Cooban

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Three Norfolk athletes will be among a 72-strong squad off to Sydney to take part in the Invictus Games.

RAF veteran Naomi Adie, who will take part in this year's Invictus Games in Sydney. Picture: COURTESY OF HELP FOR HEROESRAF veteran Naomi Adie, who will take part in this year's Invictus Games in Sydney. Picture: COURTESY OF HELP FOR HEROES

RAF veteran Naomi Adie will compete in athletics events, while former army man Daniel Majid will take part in athletics, rowing and sailing. Andrew Taylor, who was also in the army, will compete in athletics, archery, sailing and power lifting events.

Ms Adie, 38, from Holme Hale, near Swaffham, said she was delighted about being a part of the October 20-27 games, which are for wounded, injured or sick armed services personnel and veterans.

Ms Adie, who said she struggled to adapt after being medically discharged from the RAF in 2014 due to a spinal condition, said her daughter, Vesta, nine, was part of her motivation. She said: “It has taken a lot of grit and determination to get where I am today. I have set myself a goal and thrown myself in; not just for me but for my daughter, so she can see mummy achieve something despite my physical limitations.

“I want her to see the person not the disability or injury and this journey is helping with that. I know that doing sport and physical exercise is integral to my journey for both my mind and body.

Daniel Majid, who will take part in this year's Invictus Games in Sydney. Picture: COURTESY OF HELP FOR HEROESDaniel Majid, who will take part in this year's Invictus Games in Sydney. Picture: COURTESY OF HELP FOR HEROES

“It’s about what it means to me and how it helps me keep fighting and not give up.’’

Mr Majid, 33, from Great Yarmouth, was medically discharged in 2017 - he was severely injured after being blown up by an improvised explosive device (IED)in Afghanistan. He is now a secondary school teacher.

He said: “I need to continue on my road to recovery now more than ever since I have just started a family. I would also like to set myself a new physical challenge as I feel this is the best way for me to manage my moods and motivation. I hope it will provide inspiration for my little girl as well as the students I teach.

“If I can look forward to events, challenges and experiences and feel like I’m still growing then I will be able to continue on my road to recovery and be the best dad I can be.”

Andrew Taylor, who will take part in this year's Invictus Games in Sydney. Picture: COURTESY OF HELP FOR HEROESAndrew Taylor, who will take part in this year's Invictus Games in Sydney. Picture: COURTESY OF HELP FOR HEROES

Mr Taylor, from Norwich, was medically discharged in 2013 and said it had taken a long time before he Could participate in sports after he left the service. But after receiving support from the charity Hidden Wounds he is learning to adapt to life, and said being selected to represent his nation was “the icing on the cake”.

The UK team has been put together through a partnership of the Ministry of Defence, Help for Heroes, and the Royal British Legion.

Naomi Adie with Matt Fisher in 2015. Thetwo were part of Walking with the Wounded's Walk of Britain team at the N&N Hospital. 
Picture: ANTONY KELLYNaomi Adie with Matt Fisher in 2015. Thetwo were part of Walking with the Wounded's Walk of Britain team at the N&N Hospital. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

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