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Ilford lance corporal wins bronze medal at Invictus Games

PUBLISHED: 11:01 31 October 2018

Abbie was delighted to win a bronze in powerlifting. Picture: Help for Heroes

Abbie was delighted to win a bronze in powerlifting. Picture: Help for Heroes

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A woman from Ilford won bronze at the Invictus Games in powerlifting.

Lance corporal Abbie Kasparis, 32, headed to Sydney with the rest of the UK squad to represent the country between October 20 and 27.

The Invictus Games is an international multi-sport event, created by Prince Harry, in which wounded, injured or sick armed services personnel take part in a variety of disciplines.

Abbie credits sport in assisting her ongoing recovery and said she couldn’t believe she won a medal.

“That was a personal best so a bronze is fantastic,” she said.

“My brother put the medal around my neck which made it extra special.

“I’ve been nervous but Invictus is super exciting and has given me so much confidence.”

Jayne Kavanagh, of Help for Heroes, said: “Invictus is a powerful demonstration of the dedication these men and women displayed when they served our country.

“It is a celebration of how they confronted hardship but refused to be defined by injury or illness.”

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