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Byline: Laura Woodcock Reporter laura.woodcock@trinitymirror.com

A WHEELCHAIR basketballer has thanked a local cause which gave him a helping hand at the Invictus Games.

Chris Attis was loaned a self-was loaned a self-A propelled wheelchair by Middlesbrough Teesside Lions Club for to him to use during his time at the inaugural games.

The 26-year-old, who helped Great Britain win gold at the games, has since thanked the club, saying the wheelchair aided his mobility around the site.

Chris, who serves in the Army's Coldstream Guards, suffers from chronic regional pain syndrome and nerve damage after his knee swelled up while on the Salisbury Plain two years ago.

He used to be very active enjoying a range of sports but, as a result of his injury, his mobility became severely restricted and he now needs to use crutches.

But with the help of the Ministry of Defence and Help for Heroes, he became involved in sport for the disabled and now plays wheelchair basketball for Tees Valley Titans-part of Tees Valley Wheelchair Sports Club in Middlesbrough.

And his prowess in the sport led him to being selected for the Great Britain team at the Invictus Games.

He went on to play a key role in his team's road to the title and scored the majority of the points in the 19-9 triumph over the USA in the final. A in the final. But while having received the special basketball wheelchair from Help for Heroes, Chris's mobility round the site of the games would be severely restricted using crutches, and that's when Middlesbrough Teesside Lions Club stepped in.

A telephone call to Lion, Giles Bolitho, from Major Isobel Mackie at Catterick Garrison, solved the issue.

"A " A member of Lion Giles'"A family had a suitable wheechair which was available for loan," said spokesman for the club. This was offered to Chris for the period of the games, and he and his partner collected it and it was used by Chris moving around the area."

The Invictus Games was an international sporting event for wounded, injured and sick service personnel, championed by Prince Harry.

The Games uses the power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation and generate a wider understanding and respect of those who serve their country.

Chris, who has only been playing basketball since February, revealed how the sport has aided his recovery, but he insists he is not getting ahead of himself with his future targets.

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Chris Attis, left, with Steve Chaytor and Amy Carr at The Gazette |17th Annual Sports Awards

Lion Giles Bolitho with Chris Attis. Chris was loaned a self-propelled wheelchair by |Middlesbrough Teesside Lions Club for to him to use at the Invictus Games 021114WHEELCHAIR |Middlesbrough Teesside Lions Club for to him to use at the Invictus Games

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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
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Date:Nov 3, 2014
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