Welsh mezzo-soprano Katherine Jenkins OBE, one of the world’s most prolific classical crossover singer, made the announcement after visiting Help for Heroes Recovery Centre, Tedworth House, where she met the Invictus Games Powerlifting hopefuls.
Help for Heroes are delivering the UK delegation in partnership with the MoD and The Royal British Legion. Training for the UK team will take place across the country at Help for Heroes 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.
Known for her passion and commitment to the British Armed Forces, Katherine has been hailed as the “Forces Sweetheart” for her work as a trustee of the British Forces Foundation. In that role, she travelled to Iraq, Afghanistan, Kosovo, Cyprus & Northern Ireland to entertain troops. As part of her commitment to the Invictus Games Orlando 2016, presented by Jaguar Land Rover, she will be supporting competitor training events, and raising awareness for adaptive sports and the important role they play for wounded, injured and sick service personnel and veterans.
“Supporting the men, women and families who serve our country has always been an important part of my life, and I am extremely honored to serve as an Ambassador for the 2016 Invictus Games,” said Katherine.
“I look forward to celebrating and honoring the sacrifices of veteran and active duty service members and their families from around the world in May.”
“We are thrilled to have Katherine Jenkins serve as a friend, advocate and ambassador of the 2016 Invictus Games,” said Vicky Gosling OBE, co-CEO of the 2016 Invictus Games. “Her commitment to those who serve is exceptional, and we’re excited to stand side by side as we welcome our wounded warriors and their families in Orlando. We are looking forward to announcing more Ambassadors as we approach the Invictus Games.”
The 2016 Invictus Games will bring together more than 500 competitors from 15 nations to compete in 10 sports – archery, cycling, indoor rowing, power lifting, sitting volleyball, swimming, track and field, wheelchair basketball, wheelchair rugby and wheelchair tennis.