‘Team Endeavour Racing’ uses entry-level power boating (Thundercat Racing) to create an enjoyable and stimulating environment to develop, inspire and challenge in a demanding and difficult time while transitioning from the Armed Forces into a secure and rewarding civilian career. The project is solely managed, raced and supported by its own WIS personnel and veterans who thrive in a challenging marine environment.
The project was inspired and set up after a successful campaign by Team Endeavour to compete in the Fastnet Race 2013, it prides itself on the same values and goals to develop personal and team development post injury in the Armed Forces. The Team was set up by Stu Croxford, injured in Afghanistan in 2012 where he suffered extensive injuries to both feet. After a number of complications Stu had his right leg amputated below the knee in 2014.
“During my rehabilitation at Headley Court I got involved in a UK ‘grass roots’ powerboat racing series to challenge myself and get the feeling of adrenaline back into my life post injury. With no previous powerboating experience and the kind and welcoming nature of the community surrounding the powerboat series I had an amazing first year which changed my life mentally and physically while dealing with the transition away from the Army”.
In his second year Stu approached the Endeavour Fund with his idea to open up the opportunity to other WIS and veterans to help with their transitions away from the Army.
“The Endeavour Fund offered a great support base and some of the financial backing that I needed to get the idea off the drawing board in year 1. We are going into our second season as Team Endeavour Racing and still have the valued support from the Endeavour Fund which will help grow our support network and opportunities within the team for more WIS and Veterans.”.
In 2015 The team competed in the Thundercat National Race series and a World Championship in Malta. Unlike other smaller, expensive and often elitist classes of powerboat racing most teams have only one hull, one engine, two propellers making the racing simple, safe and affordable.
Skill and ability is the leveler of this highly competitive championship. ThunderCat Racing is a UIM worldwide powerboat series that specialises in grass root racing, offering both National and International championships.
Open to Wounded, Injured and Sick (WIS) personnel and veterans, Team Endeavour Racing provides a foundation as a transition vehicle to support and empower its members into future employment, training or education with the help of its network, partners and with the use of peer mentoring.
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Twitter – @RacingEndeavour