Paralympic sprint medallist Dave Henson speaks with Prince Harry ahead of the London event
Prince Harry has encouraged people to show their support for the world’s best para athletes when the World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 come to London from July 14-23.
In a joint appeal with 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, Prince Harry explains 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,” says Prince Harry. “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 Henson found a new passion for sport, which was a catalyst for his recovery.
“I don’t have a world championship medal, so to take one of those home would be just incredible,” he said, looking ahead to the World Para Athletics Championships. “I’d love to come away from it with a world championship medal around my neck.
“Spectators will see the world’s best para athletes compete in one of the world’s most iconic sports venues. Every single member of the GB team, every single athlete that has qualified, is an incredible sportsperson.”
Tickets for the World Para Athletics Championships start at just £10 for adults with children’s tickets priced at £5 for every session. Tickets can be purchased from tickets.london2017athletics.com.
Last month, London 2017 Ltd announced record sales with more than 230,000 tickets sold for the World Para Athletics Championships London 2017. Sales are bigger than all of the previous eight editions of the championships combined and the biggest ever outside of a Paralympic Games.
Organisers are urging more supporters to come and support the best para athletes in the world with their #FillTheStadium campaign to ensure as many supporters as possible pack the London Stadium at the event.