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Brits at Belleayre - Race for Veterans 2011

Well done to all who took part, great joint effort for a very worthy cause.

The British Consulate-General New York co-hosted the second annual Brits at Belleayre - Race for Veterans last weekend, raising over $6600 for soldiers wounded in conflict.


50 people of all ages and levels signed up to take part in the event at Belleayre Mountain in upstate New York on Saturday, 22 January 2011, with all the proceeds donated to Disabled Sports USA (DSUSA) - Wounded Warrior Disabled Sports Project (WWDSP) to help in their mission to rebuild lives through sport.

The Wounded Warrior Disabled Sports Project provides year-round sports rehabilitation for severely wounded US service personnel injured in Afghanistan and Iraq. Since 2003, they have supported over 3,700 wounded warriors, families and medical staff. In 2010, Brits at Belleayre raised enough money to provide rehabilitation for two wounded veterans for one year. British Consul-General New York, Sir Alan Collins said, “DSUSA clearly demonstrates the close bonds between our countries. By hosting UK military personnel at their US sports camps, DSUSA is helping our veterans on the road to recovery.” Sir Alan added, “Brits at Belleayre is a fun but meaningful way of showing our appreciation and to double our fundraising total from last year’s event is an excellent result for all of us.”

DSUSA WWDSP served over 800 wounded warriors last year through over 100 sports programs. Since 2003, Over 3,700 wounded warriors and family have been served through 500 sports rehabilitation events in over 20 different sports in over 20 states. In a letter to the event organisers, New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand said, "I commend all of you gathered here today on your commitment to honoring the devotion and valor of our veterans… Without the faithful service and devotion of our veterans, American would not enjoy the freedom we cherish today.”

British Army Staff Captain Nick Binnington, himself wounded in Afghanistan, successfully defended his title as the fastest competitor, with a time of 29.92 seconds. Anthony Lanza, Superintendant at Belleayre Mountain commented that, “it is satisfying that Belleayre has the opportunity to support our men and women in uniform and those of our closest ally. To be partnered up with our British friends, well, it doesn’t get much better than that”.

Brits at Belleayre - Race for Veterans 2011


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Thanks for that link FMP,

the US Wounded Warrior program has close links with BattleBack here in UK.....and I believe a bunch of our Service wounded are out skiing as we speak.

BattleBack is a British Army initiative which works with both DMRC Headley Court and UK charities ( e.g BLESMA and H4H ) to provide rehabilitation through sport and Adventurous training.


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