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Double amputee soldier shows off sporting prowess to Prince Harry

Double amputee soldier shows off sporting prowess to Prince Harry

Justin Burns

Double amputee soldier shows off sporting prowess to Prince Harry
Corporal Corie Mapp (right) plays sitting volleyball with Prince Harry

A brave double amputee soldier showed off his sporting prowess to Prince Harry in the Paralympic Warrior Games in the USA.

Corporal Corie Mapp from Windsor was one of 35 wounded servicemen, women and veterans who competed from May 11-16 in the event run by the U.S Olympic Committee (USOC).

The 34-year-old took part in the sitting volleyball and track and field disciplines as part of a UK Help for Heroes team who competed in the seven events.

The Household Cavalry trooper also met Prince Harry during the Games and had opportunity to take part in a game of sitting volleyball with the Prince.

And Corie received a standing ovation when he competed in the first ever men’s relay event as part of a four-man team of double amputees.

The race started well, but as Corie passed the baton to triple amputee Matthew Webb, there was a tumble and he helped his team mate up before the two ran the last 100m together.

Speaking before the Games, he said: "The Warrior Games is one of the most overwhelming things I have ever encountered.

"I think it’s truly an honour and a privilege to be able to do it."

Corie was injured in 2010 after his tank was blown up by an improvised explosive device (IED) near Musa Qaleh in Helmand, Afghanistan.

He lost his right leg in the incident, and further complications meant he had to have his second leg amputated.

The courageous father-of-three said Help for Heroes charity has supported him 'every step of the way' which he was 'incredibly grateful' for.

When he returns home he will resume training and he is aiming to qualify for the Paralympic Games in Rio in 2016.

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