Deloitte HR manager heads for Invictus Games

Stephen Rice, HR learning manager at Deloitte, was picked for Team UK at the Invictus Games 2020

Rice will be competing against international athletes in swimming, rowing and sitting volleyball in the Netherlands.

Team UK’s roster was announced in the presence of Invictus Games founder, Prince Harry at the Honourable Artillery Company in central London.

He will join 65 UK ex-military personnel in The Hague, Netherlands, 9 – 16 May 2020.

The Invictus Games was founded in 2014, it uses the power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation and generate a wider understanding and respect for wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women.

In 2010 whilst serving as an infantry officer in the British Army, Afghanistan, Rice was leading a foot patrol when his team was caught in an explosion causing significant injuries to his legs.

In 2014 he was discharged from the Army on medical grounds after developing chronic osteoarthritis in his legs, and continuous chronic back pain. He struggled psychologically with severe post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Rice said: ‘I turned to Help for Heroes sports recovery programme as a first step on my road to recovery. The physical, psychological and social benefits of sport have definitely helped me to develop my confidence and remain focused.

‘Having the Invictus Games as a goal has allowed me to do something to prove to my family and me that I won’t be beaten, and that I am capable of something bigger. For me, the Invictus Games, and sports recovery generally, is about having a goal that takes me beyond that point of injury and saying that I’m bigger than this. My limitations are only as great as the ones I impose on myself.’

Chris Recchia, lead partner for Deloitte’s military transition and a veteran himself, added: ‘Deloitte is honoured to back Stephen on his Invictus Games journey. Stephen was introduced to Deloitte through our military talent and transition programme as we recognise the many transferable skills veterans can bring to our clients and our own business.

‘Stephen has showed extreme courage in getting the necessary help to aid his recovery and we are very proud of him. The entire firm will be cheering him all the way through the Invictus Games!’

As well as Rice, Deloitte UK currently has around 200 ex-military personnel working at the firm.

Hannah Lawton, Sports Recovery Manager at Help for Heroes and chef de mission for Team UK, said: ‘The 65 men and women selected to represent Team UK will not only gain a personal recovery benefit from taking part in the Games, but they will hopefully inspire others suffering with life-changing injuries or illnesses that anything is possible.’

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