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    News — Invictus Games

    COACH FOR SUCCESS

    COACH FOR SUCCESS

    Paul 'Jenks' Jenkins is a stalwart part of British wheelchair Rugby - initially as a player for Great Britain and then later as a coach. He is now Head Coach of the Ospreys Wheelchair Rugby team in Wales as well as the British Invictus team and the Help for Heroes Warrior Games team.

    He knows first-hand the benefits of getting into Wheelchair Rugby, following a devastating accident that left him a permanent wheelchair user. 

    Jenks served for six years in the Welsh Guards in the 1970's. Within a year of leaving he had a motorbike accident which broke his neck. Like the people he now helps he went along for a trial session.

    ''In my first year I was lucky enough to get selected for the Great Britain team and it's just bloomed from there''.

    Paul has proudly represented his country at Paralympics and European Championships. He has been supported by his wife Jayne.

    Now he works a lot with veterans coming through Help for Heroes. ''They're signposting people to me like there's no tomorrow! Which is great because you see them when they come first as a bit down in the dumps. The more they come the more they learn, the better they like the sport. And that's what it's all about, it's about them getting out to do something rather than sitting around depressed and fed up with life''. 

    

    We caught up with Jayne Jenkins, who is never far from Paul's side. Jayne is happy to get stuck in with helping the players at training sessions. She can't remember how many wheels she has fixed after a crash!

    Jayne wears the Navy Signature Hoody, available from the Signature collection here. 

    ''It's lovely with Paul being ex-military as well, it just gives him back being in the military family, you know, and I support him in every way that I can, to keep him busy.''

    She knows the importance of the sport to Paul: ''Job satisfaction, I think if Paul didn't do this, he would just be sat in the house doing nothing. This is his life, he eats, breathes everything wheelchair rugby.'' She loves seeing veterans coming along and trying the game with Jenks: ''It's amazing to see them going from knowing nothing to winning medals''. 

    It was brilliant having Jenks and Jayne featured on our photoshoot showing their dedication to helping veterans. They really enjoyed the day too, modelling lots of kit including the Welsh Rugby shirts! ''It's a great honour, to be asked to do that, you know we're Welsh and we're proud.''