Wolves fan Sapper Clive Smith has been rubbing shoulders with Prince Harry as he prepares to get on his bike at the forthcoming Invictus Games.
The Invictus Games, taking place in London from September 10-14, have been the brainchild of Prince Harry following the success of the Warrior Games in Colorado, which saw wounded, ill and injured service members and veterans compete in sporting events.
In London, 14 different nations will come together for the first time to compete at the games.
“The Games are Prince Harry’s baby and, with him being the Prince, he had a bit of a sway,” says Clive, who lost both of his legs while serving in Afghanistan and has been guest of honour at Wolves’ last two Armed Forces games.
The word ‘invictus’ means ‘unconquered’, symbolizing the fighting spirits of the wounded and injured, and the Games have been introduced to highlight the journeys of the different men and women who have embarked on sporting activities since suffering their injuries.
Many different sports are included, including indoor rowing, wheelchair rugby and archery, with Clive taking part in hand cycling.
“I'm on a custom-made bike like a three wheel bike,” he explains.
“Obviously I've got no legs so it's all powered by my arms hence why it's called hand cycling!
“I train three or four times a week on the bike, I'm training quite hard for it and I can go down there and put in a good performance.”
“I do enjoy different sports, and play wheelchair basketball every now and again. I just like sports with a fast pace to be honest!”
Clive is a big Wolves fan, who has continued to attend games despite his life-threatening injury, sustained in 2010.
Because of his training for the Invictus Games he has been unable to get to a match yet this season, but is planning to get to Molineux soon.
“Once the games are finished, I will get a bit more free time and I will be able to get back for a game,” he added.
Clive certainly got in plenty of training for the Games recently, taking part in a Brussels to London bike ride to raise money for Help For Heroes.
*Clive is pictured with Dad Steve after last year’s Armed Forces fixture at Molineux.