Invictus Games – 8th – 12th May 2016
Invictus’ meaning Unconquered, Undefeated. The Invictus Games was launched by HRH Prince Harry in 2014.
Wounded service personnel and veterans take part is this highly competitive multi-sporting ‘Paralympics’ style event. The 5 days of individual and team sports include athletics – track and field, archery, indoor rowing, powerlifting, road cycling, sitting volleyball, swimming, wheelchair basketball and wheelchair rugby.
His Royal Highness Prince Harry explained that the Games “demonstrate the power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation and demonstrate life beyond disability the long-term objective was to ensure injured troops are not forgotten as Britain’s involvement as the War in Afghanistan comes to an end” HRH Prince Harry.
The 2014 Invictus games was held in the United Kingdom at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London, supported by the Royal Foundation Charity; set up by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry. The Invictus Games were funded by the Chancellor George Osborne’s treasury fund and sponsored by Jaguar Land Rover.
14 countries were invited to take part in the games. The opening ceremony received huge recognition and was attended by members of the Royal Family and PM David Cameron and video messages from around the world including The First Lady Michelle Obama. The closing concert received equal measures of support with live performances from the Foo Fighters, James Blunt, Rizzle Kicks, Bryan Adams and Ellie Goulding.
The 2016 Invictus Games open on the 8th with its closing ceremony on the 12th May 2016 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Florida in the USA. Fifteen countries are to compete at Invictus including Afghanistan, Australia, Canada, Denmark, Estonia, France, Georgia, Germany, Iraq, Italy, Jordan, Netherlands, New Zealand, United Kingdom and the United States of America. The sporting events will also include wheelchair tennis and a triathlon.
At the request of HRH Prince Harry; choirmaster and broadcaster, Gareth Malone OBE, has put together a choir of wounded ex-servicemen and women to perform at the opening ceremony of the 2016 Invictus Games in Orlando.
BDHL and BDGlobalMedical wish all the inspirational teams taking part in the Invictus Games 2016 the best of luck.