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A disabled army vet opens up to Prince Harry about the therapeutic benefits of competition.    

Perri Ormont Blumberg
July 11, 2017

Prince Harry is definitely a kind and giving man that makes our Southern hearts swoon with happiness and respect. Now, yet again, we find ourselves moved by the 32-year-old Prince. In a story published online today, the Prince stepped in as reporter for London’s newspaper the Evening Standard to talk with disabled veteran, Dave Henson.

Army captain Henson tragically lost both of his legs in Afghanistan in 2011. In the video, he sheds light on the positive and transformative impact track and field has had on his life. “I was still very early on in my recovery and rehab stage, it was a little bit of inspiration because it was suddenly an exposure to people absolutely smashing sport,” Henson said of watching the 2012 Paralympics.

Just a few years after he was sitting in a hospital bed focusing on his recovery, he tells Harry of his amazing new aspirations: “I don’t have a World Championship medal, so to take one of those home would be just incredible. That’s what I’d love.”
The World Para Athletics Championships kick off this Friday, July 14th in London and run until Sunday, July 23rd. For the games, many Southerners will be on the roster representing Team U.S.A. Of note, Jeremy Campbell of Perryton, Texas who received gold in discus at the 2012 games will return, along with Alexa Halko of Williamsburg, Virginia in the hopes of upgrading her silver to gold in both the 100 and 400 meter dash.

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Having served himself in the British Army, bettering the lives of injured veterans is a cause near and dear to Prince Harry’s heart. The royal family also created the Invictus Games in 2014, which is an international Paralympic-style event with competitions in multiple sports for injured or sick armed service personnel and veterans. Last year, the international event took brought athletes to our beautiful slice of the country, in Orlando, Florida. This year, it heads north to Canada, where the games will take place in Toronto from September 23rd to 30th.