AN ARMY veteran who suffered a career ending injury has been selected to represent Team UK at the Invictus Games The Hague 2020.

Daniel O’Connor, 28, from Hereford, hopes to compete in archery and indoor rowing at the games.

O'Connor, who served with 216 Parachute Signals Squadron, is determined to prove that his career changing injury will not stop him achieving.

More than 350 military personnel and veterans trialed nine sports for one of the 65 places available on Team UK.

The rigorous selection process was based on the benefit the Invictus Games will give an individual as part of their recovery, combined with performance and commitment to training.

Inspired and motivated by his recent participation at the Invictus UK Trials, O’Connor is passionate to seize the opportunity to represent Team UK.

Before being selected he said: “Being a part of the 2020 Invictus team would not only give me the focus to keep on striving to achieve more in my life, but I feel it will be the marker that shows all the people who have known me since my injury and indeed seen me at my lowest, that I have not simply accepted my state of affairs and living in a post injury world.

“The message I have for any other veterans is a reminder that our lives’ purpose post injury shouldn’t be to just to “survive”, we are here to “thrive” and each and every one of us can achieve anything we dedicate ourselves to.”

The athletes – 89 per cent of whom have never taken part in an Invictus Games before - will now undergo training camps delivered by Help for Heroes to ensure they are best prepared for the international sporting competition next year.

They will continue to train from now until May in various locations across the country as part of Help for Heroes’ extensive Sports Recovery programme and role to train and develop the team.