Invictus Champion Dr Jen Warren goes for gold again

UHCW's Dr Jen Warren Invictus GamesUHCW anaesthetist and former Army Major Dr Jen Warren is jetting off to Toronto this week as part of the UK Invictus Games team.

In May 2017, Jen was named vice-captain of the UK Armed Forces Team after winning an incredible eight silver medals and one gold medal in the last Games in Orlando, Florida.

Jen, who lives in Rugby with her husband Jon, and three-year-old daughter Sally, suffered severe nerve injuries in 2008 after a skiing accident. These affected her ability to use her left leg, which means that she predominantly uses a wheelchair when working in the theatres at University Hospital, Coventry.

Dr Jen Warren said:
“It was amazing to be part of the 2016 Games, and in my wildest dreams, I never imagined I would win so many medals.

“I was inspired to train for the Invictus squad after watching the 2014 Games on TV and participating in the 2016 Games was a life-changing experience. I’m so proud to be able to support my fellow team members through their journey this year as the UK Team vice-captain.

“Despite winning medals last time, the 2017 Invictus trials were still tough, and it was such an honour to be selected again, let alone be named vice-captain. It's really special to know people were inspired by me last year, so signed up and got selected this year.”

Jen will once again represent the UK Team in her racing wheelchair on the athletics track, handbike for the road cycling and in the pool for the swimming events. The Invictus Games take place this year between September 23 and 30 across the city of Toronto.

The Invictus Games were launched in 2014 by Prince Harry. The UK delegation to the Invictus Games 2017 is being delivered by a partnership comprising The Ministry of Defence, Help for Heroes and The Royal British Legion.

She said:
“The brilliant thing about Invictus is the chance to meet and compete against service personnel from all over the world. I’m not the only Invictus athlete working in medicine or healthcare, and it’s great to share experiences. I've learned a lot from my time as a patient and it's amazing to see what can be achieved whatever someone's illness or injury. I have loved seeing what team mates have achieved beyond Invictus, so I'm really excited for the 62% of new faces on this year’s team.

“I feel participating in para sport helps me to be a better doctor and mum. It’s obviously helped my fitness which gives me more independence but it’s also given me more confidence and helps me cope psychologically with my busy job as an anaesthetist and the day-to-day challenges of my disability.”

550 wounded, injured and sick veterans and serving personnel from 17 nations will compete in twelve sports across seven days, and champion the power sport can play in recovery. The opening ceremony on Saturday, September 23, will be attended by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and comedian Mike Myers.

Jen added:
“It’s fantastic to put my training into practice. Whilst I am competing against others, I feel my main competitor is myself; I’m always looking to do my best.

“I’m really looking forward to representing former servicemen and women and raising the profile of para sport.”

Professor Meghana Pandit, Chief Medical Officer and Deputy CEO at University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire (UHCW) NHS Trust, said:
“At UHCW, we are already so proud of Jen’s achievements, in both the hospital and the sporting world, and she’ll make a wonderful vice-captain for the squad. We’ll all be tuning in to cheer her on.”