A wounded serviceman from Llandudno will take part in the Invictus Games Sydney 2018.

Ryan Hewitt, who served in the British Army and was injured in 2010, is a member of the six-strong Welsh contingent, of 72 wounded, injured and sick military personnel and veterans selected to represent the UK in Sydney this October.

The North Wales Wheelchair Basketball North Wales Knights squad member, said: "Following my injury I spent over three and a half years at DMRC (Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre Headley Court) Headley Court undergoing rehabilitation for injuries sustained on operations." said the 26-year-old.

"As part of my recovery I participated in the Help for Heroes Portsmouth to Paris Bike Ride 2011, the Wounded Warrior Project Bike Ride USA 2011, and I attempted Team True Spirit Iron Man Event 2011 (Bolton)," said the 26-year-old.

"At that stage I felt my recovery was going well.”

However, when Ryan was medically discharged in 2013, he became "isolated, disengaged and unable to function normally".

"I stopped using my Prosthetic Legs and became wheelchair bound.”

After attending a sports taster day for disabled people and watching the 2016 Invictus Games in Orlando, Ryan join a local wheelchair basketball team.

“This has given me confidence drive and passion – it has improved my overall mental health and well-being.

" I have been training to take part in the Invictus Games for nearly two years and having the ability to attend these games really will help my ongoing recovery.”

Ryan was joined by the rest of the UK team, 64 per cent of whom are new to the Invictus Games, for an official team photograph by former Invictus Games captains and Prime Minister Theresa May during their unveiling at Horse Guards Parade this morning (Tuesday).

The team, whose selection was based on the benefit the Invictus Games will give them as part of their recovery, combined with performance and commitment to training, will compete in 11 sports including athletics, archery, wheelchair basketball, cycling, powerlifting, indoor rowing, wheelchair rugby, swimming, sitting volleyball, wheelchair tennis and a new sport for 2018, sailing.

They will continue to train from now until October as part of Help for Heroes’ extensive Sports Recovery programme and role to train and develop the team.

Defence Secretary, Gavin Williamson said: “The Invictus Games serve as a powerful reminder of the ability of sport to inspire and support the recovery of wounded and injured troops and veterans.”