Northampton soldier George wins medals at spinal injury games

George Crawley
George Crawley

A 25-year-old soldier has returned home to Northampton after taking part in a week-long competition for people who have suffered injuries.

George Crawley was representing Headley Court at the event, which took place at Stoke Mandeville Stadium and featured competitors from 11 spinal injury centres in the UK and Ireland.

Pte Crawley scooped medals in archery and target shooting, and hopes his army background can guide him to compete in a future Paralympic Games.

He said: “The physios and the other patients told me that it was all about adaptive sport, meeting people and future contacts and making friends.”

Pte Crawley also took part in wheelchair tennis, handcycling and other activities which could help with his mission to continue living a healthy, active lifestyle.

Organised by national charity WheelPower, the Inter Spinal Unit Games is established as the leading sporting event for people with a recent spinal injury.