Bamber Bridge war hero wins gold at Invictus Games

Posted on - 27th September, 2017 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Bamber Bridge
Dave Watson (right) has triumphed at the Invictus Games

A man from Bamber Bridge has won gold representing the United Kingdom at the 2017 Invictus Games in Toronto.


Dave Watson, originally from Bamber Bridge, won the gold for Discus yesterday (September 25) while also winning a bronze for Shotput on Sunday (September 24).

Dave lost both legs and his right arm when he stepped on a hidden bomb while on patrol with the 1st Battalion Scots Guards in Afghanistan in May 2010.

Since then he has worked as an advocate for the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham as part of their Fisher Price project providing support for injured servicemen and their families.

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The Invictus Games is a multi-sport event, similar to the Paralympics, which features wounded or injured armed services personnel. It was started by Prince Harry in 2014.

Dave returns to Bamber Bridge to visit his parents and grandparents every month.

He also visited BAE Systems in Samlesbury to help at the opening of their new apprentice training academy. BAE Systems are one of the sponsors of Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham and their apprentices have designed equipment to help injured service personnel.

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