Former Colwyn Bay school pupil to captain Team GB at Invictus Games


Staff reporter (NW Pioneer)

A former Rydal Penrhos pupil will captain the Team GB side at this year’s Invictus Games.

Flt Lt Nathan Jones, who left the school in 2001, will lead the team in this year’s showcase for injured ex-Armed Forces servicemen and women in Toronto from September 23-30.

The former Air Force pilot suffered a broken back with other injuries when his plane nosedived, and he was recently praised during a Court Martial hearing for his efforts during the incident, which “saved 187 lives”.

The 34-year-old won a bronze medal in the 50m backstroke at last year’s games in Orlando, which was days removed from his final corner crash in the road cycling event that denied him gold.

He went straight from hospital into the pool to achieve the podium finish.

Speaking at the time, Flt Lt Jones, said: “It feels great to get a medal, 48 hours ago I was on a spinal board in hospital so I am pretty pleased. I was in pole position in the cycling and felt like I had a good sprint in me, but unfortunately I took the wrong line and crashed.

“My back is pretty sore but I always felt that the backstroke was going to be my strongest event.”

Despite still suffering from nerve damage and partial paralysis in his calves , the former Rydal pupil is expected to challenge for medals at the event once again, and will call on his experience as a combined services skiing champion during the event

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