1 June 2016
Kingston Liberal Synagogue (KLS) member Sue Warner has received a heroes’ welcome on her return to the UK, after winning a bronze medal at the Invictus Games in Orlando.
Sue – who has a long continuing association with KLS and its choir – won bronze in the 50m backstroke. She also placed well in breaststroke and front crawl.
She sad: “I just can’t believe it, everyone was cheering so loudly and I had to pinch myself that it was for me. I’m so happy and it is a moment to cherish.”
The Invictus Games are an international multi-sport event, created by Prince Harry, in which wounded, injured or sick armed services personnel and veterans take part.
Sue (pictured here with Prince Harry at the Games), sustained multiple fractures in an accident during service in 2009 following a 36-year career as a Royal Navy senior nursing officer. She was fully cast over most of her body for some time before gradually moving from a wheelchair to crutches.
Sue has a passion for swimming and participated in the over-55 category at the Invictus Games, after undertaking a training programme which helped her build muscle strength and fitness.
Rabbi Danny Rich, rabbi emeritus of Kingston and senior rabbi of Liberal Judaism, said: “I can only look with admiration at Sue’s achievement. Injured whilst serving her country overseas she has overcame pain and comfort by sheer determination and a sprinkling of good humour.”
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