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Prince Harry encourages public to watch World Para Championships

PUBLISHED: 08:00 12 July 2017

Dave Henson and Prince Harry  (Pic: Run Communications)

Dave Henson and Prince Harry (Pic: Run Communications)

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Prince Harry is encouraging people to show their support for the world’s best Para Athletes when the World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 come to the capital.

The Prince and Dave Henson, who last year won a Bronze medal at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games and has been selected to compete in this year’s World Para Athletics Championships London 2017, explain why people should buy tickets to this summer’s event.

“Buy your tickets, get down there, bring your family and friends and come down and support,” Prince Harry said.

“Be there with everybody else, creating that atmosphere that’s going to be a life-changing moment for Dave and everyone else.”

Henson, who served with the Royal Engineers was injured in 2011 in Afghanistan when he stood on an IED, resulting in the loss of both his legs.

It was during his rehabilitation that he found new passion for sport, which was a real catalyst for his recovery. He discovered a real talent for running at the inaugural Invictus Games in 2014, where his Personal Best saw him comfortably into the world top ten.

Since then, he has gone on to compete at the 2016 European Championships where he took home Silver before winning Bronze at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

Henson also believes watching the London 2012 Paralympic Games helped him during his recovery.

“I was still very early on in my recovery and rehab stage, it was a little bit of inspiration because it was suddenly an exposure to people absolutely smashing sport,” he said.

“I went to the Olympic Park a couple of time and it was just such an incredible atmosphere, everyone was so happy.”

The para athlete also spoke of his own goals for the event.

“I don’t have a World Championship medal, so to take one of those home would be just incredible.

“I’d love to come away from it with a World Championship medal around my neck.”

Tickets for the World ParaAthletics Championships start at just £10 for adults with children’s tickets priced at £5 for every session.

Tickets can be purchased from https://tickets.london2017athletics.com/.

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