Prince Harry today met Invictus Games hopefuls as they were taking part in UK team trials ahead of the third Invictus Games in September this year.
The Invictus Games Foundation Patron met with serving and veteran servicemen and women who are using sport as part of their recovery, and who hope to be selected as part of the 90-strong UK team that will head out to Toronto, Canada from 23–30 September. More hopefuls than ever before – 306 – have applied to take part in the 2017 Invictus Games, of which 212 have never before taken part in the Games before.
The UK team will be selected based on the benefit the Invictus Games will give an individual as part of their recovery, combined with performance and commitment to training. Hopefuls will have the opportunity to take part in 11 sports at the trials: Athletics, Archery, Wheelchair Basketball, Road Cycling, Golf, Powerlifting, Indoor Rowing, Wheelchair Rugby, Swimming, Sitting Volleyball and Wheelchair Tennis.
Jayne Kavanagh, Chef De Mission for the UK team, said: “The legacy of the Invictus Games is clear to see through the fact that more than 300 hopefuls are vying for their place on the team this weekend, 212 of which haven’t taken part in a previous Games. The Invictus Games in London and Orlando demonstrated how powerful sport is as a means of rebuilding confidence as well as aiding physical and mental recovery. Trials will provide the opportunity for hopefuls to demonstrate both their performance ability and, more importantly, their commitment towards both the UK Team and their personal recovery journeys. It is brilliant to see how the success of the first and second Invictus Games has not only supported the recovery of those who took part but also inspired so many others to rebuild their lives through sport.”
Help for Heroes has responsibility to train, select and develop the team. The MOD is a partner in the Defence Recovery Capability and The Royal British Legion will be supporting the Friends and Family of the UK Team.
Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon said: “The Invictus Games promote the importance of sport in the recovery process, and provide inspiration and opportunity to our injured Servicemen and women. I saw first-hand the strength and determination of competitors at the previous Games, and I wish all those taking part in this year’s trials the best of luck as they take on this challenge.”
Jaguar Land Rover are sponsors of the UK team for the third year running. The Endeavour Fund, a programme led by The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry which supports wounded, injured and sick Service personnel and veterans using sport and adventurous challenges, has provided £50,000 funding to support the UK team.
The Invictus Games Toronto 2017 will take place from 23 – 30 September. To find out more, go to www.invictusgames2017.com.
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