Mark Howells, Business Solutions Manager for Pervade Software, was part of Team UK at the Warrior Games in Colorado!
The Warrior Games is a multi-sport event organized by the United States Department of Defense (DoD). They were established in 2010 as a way to enhance the recovery and rehabilitation of wounded, ill and injured service members and expose them to adaptive sports and they have taken place annually since. Prince Harry, at the time serving as a Captain and helicopter pilot in the British Army, opened the 2013 Games, which inspired him to create the Invictus Games.
The US Air Force hosted the 2018 Warrior Games at the United States Air Force Academy outside Colorado Springs in June 2018 and 300 service members and veterans participated in the competition. Teams included active-duty service members and veterans with upper-body, lower-body, and spinal cord injuries; traumatic brain injuries; visual impairment; serious illnesses; and post-traumatic stress. The athletes represented the US Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, and Special Operations Command along with athletes from the UK Armed Forces, Australian Defence Force and Canadian Armed Forces who all went head-to-head in 10 sports.
The UK team, supported by the MoD and Help for Heroes, included 40 athletes and Corporal Mark Howells was among them. Together the Team won 52 medals at the event - 23 Gold, 17 Silver and 12 Bronze.
Mark served 12 years in the Army before becoming the Business Solutions Manager for Pervade and is also an active Reservist serving with 53 (Wales & Western) Signal Squadron of the Royal Corps of Signals based in the Ty Llewellyn Barracks in Cardiff.
Like many of his Pervade colleagues, Mark is an avid cyclist and takes every opportunity to be out on his bike training and this paid off in Colorado with a series of Personal Best times and very respectable placings.
Well done Mark, the whole team are very proud of you and your fellow UK Warriors!