A group of wounded heroes, who hope to take part in the Invictus Games, appear in a film launched on Friday, which features well-known faces pledging their support for the Invictus Games. The Games are the sports event for ‘wounded warriors’ launched by Prince Harry and coming to London this September.
Mary, Danni, Andy, Paul and Susan hope to be selected for the British Armed Forces Team. Help for Heroes are supporting the Ministry of Defence in selecting and training the team as part of their wider Sports Recovery programme.
Our Band of Brothers will be among 400 competitors from 14 nations taking part in the Invictus Games if they are selected. The 100-strong team British team will be selected in August by Help for Heroes and the Ministry of Defence.
One of our hopeful competitors is Mary, who was on a Military Horse Riding course with the Royal Artillery when she was thrown from her horse hitting a wall, which fractured her right cheek and 2 toes. The accident also tore her bicep muscle off the bone on her right shoulder. After three operations Mary was unable to pass her Weapons Handling test and was medically discharged from the Army. In 2004 Mary was also diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. Mary competed in swimming events as part of the UK Armed Forces Team, supported by Help for Heroes, which took part in the US Warrior Games in 2013.
Mary, and our other wounded heroes, appears in the short movie to recite 'Invictus' by English poet William Ernest Henley. Other well-known faces also read lines from the famous 1875 poem that proclaims strength in the face of adversity. The video can be seen at www.invictusgames.org .
Invictus is Latin for unconquered, a word that embodies the fighting spirit of wounded, injured and sick Servicemen, women and veterans, what they can achieve, post-injury. The Invictus Games, presented by Jaguar Land Rover, are a unique chance for the public to celebrate this ‘invictus spirit’ through sporting achievement, at venues made famous by the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The event runs from 10-14 September. Tickets cost £12.85 and are on sale at www.invictusgames.org
The Invictus Games are being organised with the support and backing of The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry and the Ministry of Defence. They will feature nine adaptive sports at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and Lee Valley Athletics Centre. Teams have been invited from 14 nations that have served alongside each other.