Jen aiming for victory at Invictus Games

A doctor at University Hospital in Coventry is celebrating after being selected for the UK team for the Invictus Games.

Anaesthetist and former Army Major Dr Jen Warren has been selected to represent the UK Armed Forces Team in athletics, swimming and road cycling. The Invictus Games take place this year between 8 and 12 May in Orlando, Florida. She will compete in her racing wheelchair on the track, handbike for the road cycling and in the outdoor pool for the swimming events.

Jen, who lives in Rugby with her husband Jon, and two-year-old daughter Sally, is one of just 110 athletes to be selected for the UK team.

Jen 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 anaesthetic rooms and theatres at University Hospital.

Dr Jen Warren said:
“I was overwhelmed and so honoured to be picked for the UK Invictus Games team, and to get the chance to compete against incredible athletes from across the world.

“Being a doctor can be such a physically and emotionally challenging job. Competing in sport helps to focus me, and to manage the additional day-to-day challenges that I face with my disability.”

The Invictus Games were launched in 2014 by Prince Harry. The UK delegation to the Invictus Games 2016 is being delivered by a partnership comprising The Ministry of Defence, Help for Heroes and The Royal British Legion. As well as the honour of meeting Prince Harry, at the opening ceremony in Orlando, Jen and the other athletes will be mingling with the likes of US First Lady Michelle Obama, actor Morgan Freeman and singer James Blunt.

BBC One is the exclusive broadcast partner for the 2016 Invictus Games. In addition to the documentary, BBC One will broadcast highlights from the games each weeknight live from Orlando from Monday 9 May – Friday 13 May.

The team, comprising wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women, will compete in ten sports across five days, and champion the power sport can play in recovery.

Jen added:
“I get such a sense of achievement in training for races and events like the Invictus Games – challenging myself to be faster and stronger. Sport has also helped me become more independent inside and outside work.

“I’m so proud to have the opportunity to represent former servicemen and women, and to raise the profile of para sport.”

Jen will also feature in a new BBC One programme about the Games (“Invictus: The Road to the Games”), which involved cameras following her at work, at home in Rugby and in training.

Jen said:
“It was really strange to be filmed at work, especially as I’m naturally quite a shy person. However for me, sport and my work at the hospital go hand in hand. I’m really proud of what I’ve achieved as a doctor as well as in sport and it’s great to show both sides.”

Professor Meghana Pandit, Chief Medical Officer and Deputy CEO at University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire (UHCW) NHS Trust, said:
“As a Trust, we’re very proud of Jen’s achievements so far, and will be supporting her throughout the Games.”


Dr Jen Warren and a number of other Invictus athletes will be featured in “Invictus: The Road to the Games”, which is due to air on BBC1 at 7pm on Monday, May 2, 2016.