Prince Harry today dropped in on UK team Invictus Games hopefuls as they were taking part in trials at the University of Bath Sports Training Village 100 days ahead of the second-ever Invictus Games, in May 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 100 strong UK team that will head out to the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Florida from 8 – 12 May 2016.
Familiar faces from the 2014 Invictus Games were joined by many new sign-ups who have all been spurred on by the inaugural games in 2014 and the day-to-day sports recovery activity that takes place. The Invictus Games set out to harness the power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation and generate a wider understanding and respect for our wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women.
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 ten sports at the trials, which run across three days (29 – 31 Jan): Athletics; Archery; Wheelchair Basketball; Road Cycling; Powerlifting; Indoor Rowing; Wheelchair Rugby; Swimming, Sitting Volleyball, and Wheelchair Tennis.
Continued training will take place across the country at Recovery Centres and other external venues as part of Help for Heroes’ extensive Sports Recovery programme to train, select and develop the team.
The Royal British Legion will be supporting the Friends and Family of the UK Team as part of its work to recognise the vital and valuable contribution that family and friends make to the recovery of wounded, injured or sick Service personnel and veterans. The Legion will co-ordinate travel, accommodation and tickets for family and friends attending the games in Florida to ensure that every participant can enjoy the support of their loved ones. The charity will provide support and pastoral care here in the UK while participants are preparing for the Games, and in Orlando during the event itself.
Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said: “I wish all those taking part in the trials the best of luck. Having made great sacrifices while protecting their country, they are rising to a new challenge with strength and determination. The Invictus Games will provide inspiration and opportunity and will demonstrate the importance of sport in the recovery process.”
Jaguar Land Rover is proud to support the UK Team. Jaguar Land Rover UK Managing Director Jeremy Hicks said: “As a proud British brand, Jaguar Land Rover UK is delighted to be supporting the UK Team and continuing our long-standing relationship with many of the competitors. We also look forward to forming new relationships and supporting those who are using the power of sport to help their recovery.”
The Endeavour Fund, a project 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 as part of their recovery and rehabilitation, has provided funding to support the UK Armed Forces team who will compete during the 2016 Invictus Games.
The Invictus Games Orlando 2016, will take place from 8 – 12 May 2016 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.
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