Special visitor to school
A successful invictus games athlete, who is also a local lady, came to speak to the children about her experience at the Invistus Games. She allowed the children to handle her gold and 8 silver medals.
Jen is Triathlete, who won a gold and eight silvers at the Invictus Games in Orlando.
Jen is an anaesthetist at Coventry’s University Hospital and a Rugby Triathlon Club member, who also trains with Coventry Godiva Harriers. She won a medal in every one of her events - gold and silver in the hand cycling, four silvers in wheelchair racing on the track and another three in the swimming. “I have to keep reminding myself when I look at them that they really are mine, but competing in the Games has given me so much more than just medals,” she explained.
Having joined the army from medical school in 2001, the former major, who served in Afghanistan, was injured in a skiing accident in February 2008. Complications left her with nerve damage and limited use of her left leg..
The Invictus Games, for wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women, were launched in London by Prince Harry in 2014 and when Jen watched them on television she was determined to be part of the next one.
Jen had her final medal presented to her by Prince Harry. “It was great to have his support throughout the week. I don’t think there was a sport he didn’t visit,” she said. “When you organise something there are a lot of demands on your time, but he went above and beyond what was expected of him and it was really nice to see him there.